By Jonathon Van Maren
After living for over sixty years as a man named David, Katie Yeomans decided that being male was the source of his misery. He made the news when he decided to “transition” to female in 2015, and now he’s in the papers again. From The Argus:
A transgender woman is demanding an apology and compensation after claiming she was called “sir” by Southern Rail staff. Katie Yeomans, who had a sex change operation in 2017, says she wants a sincere apology, training for its staff, and up to £2,500 in damages. She claims staff addressed her using the wrong pronoun on two separate occasions while travelling. Southern Rail has said it has looked into the incident “thoroughly” and disputes the claims.
The 66-year-old, who says she needed pills to sleep after the alleged incidents, said: “It is diabolical. I care because I spent five years transitioning and I have all of my legal documentation. So whether people like it or not I am a woman and I expect to be treated as a woman. I don’t expect to treated as a man.”
As I’ve said before, I don’t mind that trans activists take themselves so seriously. It is their insistence that we take them seriously that lapses abruptly into totalitarianism. Consider the absurdity of someone who lived as a man until almost a senior claiming that he was traumatized when someone accidentally (but understandably) referred to him as “sir” while helping him at the train station. These innocent mistakes, apparently, are “diabolical” and have caused him great distress. It is more likely that Yeomans is upset by reminders that he is living out a delusion, and that this fact is still obvious to many people. More:
Miss Yeomans began transitioning after realising she was transgender when she was at a fancy dress party in 2014, aged 61. She is upset that despite having gender reassignment surgery and holding a female birth certificate, she says she was called “sir” twice by Southern Rail staff. On one occasion, she alleges that when trying to speak to a staff member she was told to “take a seat, sir”. On another occasion, about two weeks later, she claims that when asking a staff member what platform the Brighton train was on, she was told “platform number one, sir.”
Miss Yeomans said: “I find it insulting how people will call me sir and find that acceptable. As you can see from photos, I always present myself as very female. This is not the first time I have suffered this type of discrimination. Most companies have apologised and promised to improve things to ensure it never happens again.”
As anyone can see from Yeoman’s photos, he is a pale imitation of a female and looks very obviously masculine. It is an understandable mistake, not to mention a politely-phrased (albeit clearly accidental) recognition of biological reality, that a railway staff member would recognize Katie Yeomans as a man. Notice, too, that Yeomans has made a bit of a habit of extorting cash from businesses that refuse to play along with his identity crisis, or simply fail to recognize what he is going on about. More:
Miss Yeomans started taking women’s hormones in May 2015 which helped her to grow breasts and slow hair growth. In 2016, she was given a female birth certificate and had her sex change operation the following year. She said she believes it is her duty to stand up for other trans women. She also said she has contacted the rail ombudsman.
She added: “The resolution I’m looking for is an apology. I also want reassurance that their equality and diversity training is up to scratch. In view of stress and anxiety this case has caused me, I am seeking compensation.”
The rail ombudsman can get up to £2,500 in damages. A Southern Rail spokesman said: “We have looked into this thoroughly and dispute what has been claimed. However with investigations ongoing it would be inappropriate to make any further comment on this particular case. We promote diversity within the organisation and across the rail industry. We have a popular, active LGBTQ+ community at Southern and Govia Thameslink Railway and are vocal champions of employees who identify as such, celebrating them both internally and in the media.”
It is always nauseating to watch businesses kowtow to the trans activists and the drag queens and the Pride marchers, insisting with barely veiled fear that any accusation of violating an LGBT shibboleth is nonsense—in fact, they go above and beyond in their attempts to promote everything that the LGBT movement wishes to promote. That is why men identifying as women like Mr. Yeomans have so much power: Because they are the current Emperor of the culture, and nobody is allowed to point out that they have no clothes.
Even if it is an innocent mistake, like simply saying: “Platform number one, sir.”
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