Relations Reporting on marriage, family, and sexuality

Transgender thought police strike in Britain

Transgenderism | Mother who opposes the ideology of sex change for minors could face charges for tweets
by Kiley Crossland
Posted 3/23/18, 04:10 pm

British police last month interrogated a woman who opposed transgenderism on Twitter. The woman, a 43-year-old married mother of four, is now awaiting a decision by Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) on charges of “malicious communication” and possible hate crimes.

Police contacted Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull, a self-described feminist with an active Twitter account, in early February. She said they told her an activist had reported her for tweets critical of sex-change surgery for minors. They said she was a “test case” in a new human rights fight.

On Feb. 23, a police constable and a hate crime officer came to interview her. The officers questioned her about eight specific tweets spanning from October 2016 to August 2017 in which she criticized the actions of another British mother of four, Susie Green.

Green is the CEO of the U.K.-based pro-transgender group Mermaids. The group receives public funding to train schools, the police force, medical practitioners, and others about transgender issues. She is also widely recognized as the mother of Jackie Green, reportedly the youngest person in the world to undergo a sex-change surgery. From the time Jackie, born Jack, was between the ages 12 to 16, Green took her child to Boston every six months for puberty-blocking hormone treatments, which were illegal in Britain at the time. In 2010, on Jackie’s 16th birthday, Green took her child to Thailand for a “sex reassignment surgery,” also illegal in Britain.

In her tweets, Keen-Minshull criticized Green for allowing her child to undergo the surgery, which she called castration.

In July 2017, Green filed a five-page complaint with the authorities, alleging Keen-Minshull’s tweets—under the handle @ThePosieParker—were illegal under British law.

The police said it took months for them to get Keen-Minshull’s personal contact information from Twitter. Once they had it, they launched the investigation.

Keen-Minshull is not backing down.

“I will not kowtow to an ideology that demands I cannot speak the truth,” Keen-Minshull wrote on her blog soon after the interview. “I will not be compelled to say a man is a woman, or that sterilizing children is okay, [nor encourage] kids who don’t fit in or who struggle with their identity that a good solution is puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones and a lifetime of drugs.”

Keen-Minshull is outside her normal camp in this battle. A pro-abortion political liberal, she was interviewed in 2012 as a poster mother for a new wave of progressive parenting. She and her husband decided to raise their four children “gender neutral.” She now clarifies that meant “ignoring stereotypes, not ignoring genitals.”

She said she has debated abortion with a number of pro-life people who use strong language and imagery in their passionate arguments. “It never once crossed my mind that I should phone up my local police to report them,” she told me.

She now finds herself allied with religious conservatives in her battle against transgender activists. But she argues her message is not a left or right issue but rather a fight against a totalitarian ideology set on silencing its opponents.

“The first thing you want to do if you want to control thought is to control language,” Keen-Minshull said, noting that pushing children into transgenderism is central to activists’ efforts. “If you can transition children, you can validate the movement.”

Despite those efforts, a growing chorus of voices from across the political and religious spectrum is questioning the treatment plan pushed by transgender activists for children with gender dysphoria. Critics argue that the push to fully embrace a child’s self-reported gender identity—from changing their name and clothes to hormone treatments and eventually surgery—is potentially sterilizing, abusive, and dangerous.

Keen-Minshull is still waiting for official charges from the police. Proposed charges include nuisance, disrupting public order, malicious communication, and conspiracy. She and her husband are booking summer family vacations at the moment, but Keen-Minshull is making sure there is a full refund available in case she ends up in court.

“I don’t want them to charge me; I’d rather it go away,” Keen-Minshull said, but she added that a public battle could be necessary. “I really feel that this is a war on women and girls, and in order to win it, you have to have some really public battles.”

Associated Press/Photo by Rajesh Kumar Singh, file Associated Press/Photo by Rajesh Kumar Singh, file A doctor examines a pregnant woman in Allahabad, India.

A small victory, a large problem

Police officers and health officials in India last week arrested a doctor in a forest outside New Delhi for running a mobile ultrasound clinic. He and two associates inside a small, white sedan were determining the sex of pregnant women’s babies. The service, though illegal, is popular in a country with a strong and devastating preference for sons.

Authorities used an undercover pregnant woman posing as a willing patient. She contacted the doctor and was told to meet a man in a small town outside New Delhi. He took her money—30,000 rupees (about $460)—and drove her into the forest where the doctor was waiting. The doctor planned to perform the ultrasound in his sedan using a machine powered by a portable generator.

Police arrested the doctor and his associates. They face up to three years in prison.

Although India banned sex determination tests in 1994, the country’s gender imbalance has become increasingly skewed. The 2011 census found 940 girls born for every 1,000 boys.

“While I am happy that a single arrest has been made, there are many more ultrasound technicians who repeatedly violate the law by revealing the sex of the unborn child,” said Steven Mosher, president of the Population Research Institute and author of the new book Bully of Asia. Mosher noted that when parents discover a child is a girl, an abortion almost invariably follows.

“India needs to do more,” Mosher said. “Sex-selective abortion is, after all, the worst form of discrimination against women imaginable. It is a discrimination that kills.” —K.C.

Creative Commons/Photo by Achim Bieniek Creative Commons/Photo by Achim Bieniek The Constitutional Court of Austria

Austria’s third gender

Austria’s Constitutional Court this week said it would consider requiring a third gender option for Austrian citizens.

After reviewing the case of an individual who unsuccessfully requested a gender change to “inter,” the court said Monday it was concerned that having to list one’s gender as either female or male violated the privacy protections of the European Convention on Human Rights.

If instituted, the move would enshrine gender in Austria as private and personal, not public and biological. It could also nudge other European nations to do the same. About 10 countries in the world currently have some sort of recognition of a third gender. —K.C.

Proud mommas

A carpool karaoke video of 50 moms lip-syncing songs with their kids who have Down syndrome has gone viral (see below). The video, titled “50 Mums, 50 Kids, 1 Extra Chromosome,” was released in support of World Down Syndrome Day on Wednesday—and at a time when babies with the chromosomal anomaly are being aborted at staggering rates. —K.C.

Kiley Crossland

Kiley is a former WORLD correspondent.

Read more from this writer


You must be a WORLD Member and logged in to the website to comment.
  • JerryM
    Posted: Fri, 03/23/2018 07:27 pm

    Good and important reporting.  Keep it up!  

  •  Paul B. Taylor's picture
    Paul B. Taylor
    Posted: Sat, 03/24/2018 11:04 am

    This report from the UK concerning transgenderism is concerning.  First of all, it is irregular that a feminist who believes that her children should be gender neutral would write that what is happening to her is symptomatic of a totalitarian government.  Her politics even include approval of abortion.  The other mark of current and possibly future political reality is that she was reported to authorities by a "political activist."  So, will these "activists," some of  whom would visit suburban neighborhoods to discuss liberal issues with homeowners in the hope that they might contribute financially to their liberal political cause start to actually enforce what they are espousing?  Will they be the regulators in government who will watch over the political realm so that they may silence those who are "offenders" of their liberal mantra?  It is all disconcerting.

  • OlderMom
    Posted: Mon, 03/26/2018 09:19 pm

    If changing a male body to resemble a female body isn't castration - and beyond it - then what is the definition of castration?