“We recognise that not all children and young people identify with the gender they were assigned at birth or may identify as a gender other than male or female, however the current systems (set nationally) only record gender as male or female.
“Please support your child to choose the gender they most identify with or if they have another gender identity please leave this blank and discuss this with your child’s school.”
Brighton’sÂ Labour-run Council’sÂ School Registration form.
Sheesh! Make your mind up at four-years-old and be stuck with the decision throughout your school days! Imagine having to stick to your four-year-old decision to be a fireman on a steam train?
The House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee, at first sight composed of nine women and two token men, but Hell, I’m only going by the feminine names imposed on them at birth by their parents, who knows what the composition of that committee might really be had they made their choice at four years old? Eleven women if they knew what was good for them…
Anyhow, the committee has decreed that there are 650,000 transgendered persons in the UK and they are most upset that those of them who got married to a person of the opposite sex before these enlightened days, should require the permission of their spouse before they turn from Fred into Doris. It’s not fair, they cry.
T’committee is also of the opinion that the NHS is letting transgendered people down, though they are not specific in saying precisely how – areÂ there a shortage of penis’ for transplant? This whack over the head for the poor old NHS does explain one or two things which have been puzzling me though.
The report was published in December 2015. That would explain the sudden appearances of drawings of a toilet that had been laminated and stuck neatly over every ‘ladies’ and ‘gents’ sign in our local hospital. I thought it was for the benefit of those who didn’t speak English – now I know that it was a ham fisted attempt to turn us all into transgender individuals who were happy to use ‘unisex’ toilets.
This might have worked in London, or whichever metropolis the moron who dreamed up the idea came from – but in rural Norfolk with its agricultural community very much in tune with the birds and the bees and the natural order of things, it resulted in a mob of disorientated elderly people hopping from foot to foot with the aid of their crutches, desperately searching for nursesÂ who could tell themÂ which was the ‘ladies’ and which the ‘gents’ from last week…..within a month the signs had been moved to below the name plate, and now removed all together.
Equally, since January, I have been asked to fill in a form telling the hospital which variety of person, gay, transgendered, one legged, hirsute etc, I would find sexually attractive were my mind on such mundane mattersÂ and not distracted by the fact that I was there for a scan to tell me what was happening with my cancer. There will be no scan for Ms Raccoon until she divulges the subject matter of her sexual fantasies…
Everyone that I am on grumbling terms with in the queueÂ for the scans tells me that they routinely describe themselves as Black Caribbean, Polish speakingÂ and Transgendered, so I confidentlyÂ expect the next report before the committee to reflect that at least three quarters of the female population of Norfolk requires a black prÄ cie to reflect their Jamaican ancestry – and that the NHS cannot possibly meet this demand without a ring-fenced Â£50 million or so, and a supply of willing Caribbean donors.
Despite the fact that our 65,000,000 population contains 650,000 transgendered persons, only 38 of them were apparently previously married to someone of the opposite sex, judging byÂ government statistics, and they all had their spouses consent. The government have yet to come across a situation where both spouses in a marriage wish to change sex – that’ll exercise their brains. If Fred and Fred both wish to become Doris and Doris, why shouldn’t theirÂ same sex marriage continue as before?
NHS England has established a Transgender and non-binary network with over 150 members. Five workshops have been held with the network since June 2013 with the next one planned for December 2015.
NHS England has worked closely with the three providers of genital reconstruction surgery to model the capacity requirements to begin to reduce waiting times for surgery to below 18 weeks. In 2015/16 NHS England has invested an additional Â£4.4m in genital reconstruction services.
Campaigners are shocked that they have ‘even heard of an individual with possible cervical cancer being referred for further psychiatric assessment before being sent to an oncologist’. I can quite see why – if you have spent years telling everyone you are Fred, it would be a monumental blow to find you had a distinctly Doris-like ailment – and the support of the gender identity clinic would be essential.Â
‘we ask a great deal of GPs and realistically we cannot expect every GP to be an expert on everything, particularly on things that they will statistically see far less often’.
Er, look folks, the average family doctor has 2367 patients on, so according to you he/she should have at least 236 and a .7 of a transgendered patient on his books, and you already told us that ‘Trans people experience worse health (both physical and mental) than the general population’ so by my reckoning, your average GP should be seeing at least one transgendered person every one and a half days…
Still an 18 week wait for surgery is not the end of the world – people wait far longer to get a new hip. Â I’ve just been quoted seven weeks to get an appointment with the GP. But then I’m only on the ‘Gold Standard for End of Life care. No rush.
‘Tis a mad world.