Boris Johnson: Parents should have say in kids’ ‘gender transition,’ males shouldn’t compete in female sports

By Jonathon Van Maren

On April 6, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson joined the heated debate over the transgender movement’s societal takeover, stating bluntly that biological males should be barred from female sporting events and noting his view that parents should have some say in whether their children are put on the path to “transition”—a now-controversial view as the trans movement fights to get between children and parents.

The comments came as the Tories are split over a so-called “conversion therapy ban”—Johnson has stated that this ban should not include transgender people, while some backbenchers and Scottish Tories vehemently disagree. 

“I don’t think that it’s reasonable for kids to be deemed so-called Gillick-competent to take decisions about their gender or irreversible treatments that they might have,” Johnson stated during a visit to a hospital in Welwyn Garden City.

“I think there should be parental involvement, at the very least. I don’t think that biological men should be competing in female sporting events. We will have a ban on gay conversion therapy, which to me is utterly abhorrent. But there are complexities and sensitivities when you move from the areas of sexuality to the question of gender. There, I’m afraid, there are things that I think still need to be worked out.” 

“If that puts me in conflict with some others, then we have got to work it all out. That doesn’t mean I’m not immensely sympathetic to people who want to change gender, to transition. It’s vital that we give people the maximum possible love and support in making those decisions. But these are complex issues and I don’t think they can be solved with one swift, easy piece of legislation. It takes a lot of thought to get this right.” 

However, many politicians who support the transgender agenda are falsely accusing Johnson of backing “conversion therapy” for “transgender children.” Labour MP Angela Rayner called Johnson a “liability,” while homosexual Tory MP Elliot Colburn called the comments “a massive own goal”; the Scottish Tory “gender reform spokesperson” Meghan Gallacher stated that: “As our manifesto for the 2021 Scottish Parliament election made clear, we are in favor of a ban on the abhorrent practice of conversion therapy.”

Wales says it may bring in its own ban; Scotland may do the same, rejecting a cautious approach that would closely examine a hotly contested issue.  

Those condemning Johnson’s caution almost universally ignore the reality that many children are being subjected to lifelong medicalization after taking “treatments” that cause irreversible damage—an issue that is still working its way through the U.K. courts. They also refuse to address the fact that women and girls are dropping out of sports rather than compete against biological males, as well as horror stories of male sex criminals being locked up in female prisons—and promptly reoffending. Politicians backing the transgender movement are presenting the issue as eminently simple, rejecting the Health Secretary’s comments that “when it comes to trans, I do think we need to be more careful.” 

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