Sanity down the toilet: the trans lobby bullies have gone too far

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Sanity down the toilet: the trans lobby bullies have gone too far

In this gender-neutral madness fragile young girls are being forced into preposterous intimacy with boys

Celia Walden

“This cloakroom may be used by any person, regardless of gender identity or expression,” reads a notice on the lavatory door of the bar I’m in on Saturday night. This is designed to give me a hit of self-importance. I have choices, options, both in terms of who I am and how I decide to express that self to the world: a world waiting with bated breath for me to tell them why I’m special.

And, yet, I don’t feel reassured by this open-minded lavatory, because everyone in the bar is drunk, the corridor it’s situated in is dimly lit – and the only other people queuing outside it are men. So, instead, what I feel is uneasy, undignified, unsafe.

I’m guessing that younger women are getting used to the feeling of vulnerability I felt so acutely. Just as British schoolgirls are getting used to their Mao-esque, gender-neutral uniforms, and “holding it in” all day at school (with the risk of contracting infections), anything to avoid using the gender-neutral loos...

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