Kathmandu (Pahichan) July 25 – People who want to change their gender are suffering from a mental illness, Conservative members have said.
A Tory membership group claims allowing people to change their legal gender is akin to affirming the belief of someone suffering from anorexia that they are fat.
Mary Douglas – the group’s spokesperson on family, religion and public life – says party activists are outraged by the government’s reforms, which were announced by out Equalities Minister Justine Greening last weekend.
“Until very recently, that was the medical consensus and I don’t see that anything has changed.
Douglas claims that Conservative Party members are concerned by the proposals, telling the Today programme: “I think many people have really profound concerns about this.
“If somebody thinks they have a mismatch between how they think and the way their body is, the question is: ‘Which should be changed?’
“What’s interesting is that many people who have gender dysphoria also have – not all, but many – other mental health conditions, like depression or drug addiction.
“They’re deeply troubled. And it has been proven that, when they change their gender, that doesn’t solve those issues. So, there’s an underlying issue here.”
Equalities Minister Justine Greening announced the bold plans at the weekend, alongside new rules to allow men who have sex with men to donate blood after a 12 week, instead of 12 month, abstinance.
Greening said: “This government is committed to building an inclusive society that works for everyone, no matter what their gender or sexuality and today we’re taking the next step forward.
Speaking to PinkNews, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said that he was overjoyed that the Tories had taken inspiration from the Labour manifesto.
“I am delighted that the Government has listened to the demands of LGBT activists and is following Labour’s manifesto commitment.
“We will vote for any law that improves the rights of trans people,” he told.
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