Metro newsp[aper is criticized for a full-page anti-trans advert

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The Advertising Standards Authority is to investigate whether a full-page ad in UK newspaper Metro opposing transgender rights reforms was against the standards of advertisement across the UK. The London edition of the free-sheet newspaper carried a full-page ad from the group Fair Play for Women referencing the government’s consultation on gender recognition reforms, questioning whether it was fair to call a person a woman if this person has a penis, and calling transgender women male-bodied. The ad’s publication comes in the final days of a government consultation on proposed changes to the 2004 Gender Recognition Act that would streamline the process for trans people to be legally recognized according to their gender identity. The readers accuse anti-trans campaigners of bribing to the Metro editors for the advert to be published. The group denies it. The investigation continues.

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