An email to The Guardian


My name is Jeremy and I’ve been a paid subscriber to The Guardian for a few years now. But I’m considering cancelling my account after reading this editorial.

On the face of it, the headline of the article sound reasonable and hard to disagree with. But the substance of the article downplays anti-trans views as simply being “gender critical.” This is akin to describing segregationist views as “integration critical.”

This line is particularly egregious:

As a society, we need to resolve the question of how to protect the privacy, dignity and rights of trans women while also respecting the privacy, dignity and rights of those born female.

Setting up these positions as though one in any way invalidates the other gives oxygen to those who wish to paint someone’s identity as a threat. I’m very disappointed to see this viewpoint expressed in an editorial on The Guardian website.


Jeremy Keith

Have you published a response to this? :


Katie Fenn

Thank you. It matters, it makes a huge difference to see this 💜

# Posted by Katie Fenn on Sunday, June 27th, 2021 at 11:07am


Wow “the Observer view”?! I didn’t realise it was this bad. Thanks for writing this.

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19 years ago I wrote Warchalking

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