In December of 2021, I made ten Freedom of Information Requests to NHS Hospital Trusts spread across England. There was just one question:
Under the Freedom of Information Act, please could you supply the following information relevant to the period 1st April 2020 to the 31st March 2021:
(1) How many natal female inpatients complained that a trans woman inpatient was being cared for in the same ward?
It is funny how we all remember some conversations - "Oh, he was terrible", said a very high profile, gender-critical person to me once. She was referring to Stephen Wood, also known as David Thompson and more infamously as one Karen White. Karen White is one of the centre stones of 'terf ideology' - using an example of an individual case to smear the British transgender community.
Dealing with the team at the Cass Review is proving to be difficult at best, an experience that others have noted as well. While they state they are ‘transparent, it is clear from responses that they do not appreciate being asked questions, and really do not like being asked difficult questions or being challenged on what they have done.
So regularly tweets Michael Cashman CBE, one of the co-founders of Stonewall UK, who were formed back in May 1989. Even as a 69-year-old, I only remember seeing "LGBT" - or in the last decade or so, as we have welcomed other identities, our 'plus sign' kinfolk making LGBT+
This all started with a chance conversation with Julie, a fellow editor here at Steph’s Place. We were talking about the state of the UKs Gender Identity Clinics (a topic of much discussion in the trans community), Julie mentioned CQC inspections and I got..curious.