The Sexual Identity Free-for-All That Demeans Human Life and Beggars Belief; as Parliament Plans to Rewrite Transsexuals' Birth Certificates
Byline: MELANIE PHILLIPS
ALMOST without notice by the public, an astonishing proposal to falsify sexual identity and make criminals out of people who tell the truth about it is on the way to being approved by Parliament.
Tomorrow, the Gender Recognition Bill, which gives rights to transsexuals - people who believe they belong to the opposite sex - arrives in the Commons from the House of Lords, where it originated at the end of last year.
The predicament of transsexuals, who experience untold anguish from their conviction that they are trapped in the wrong sex, deserves much compassion.
No one disputes that they should be free to assume the lifestyle of the opposite sex, even to the extent of enduring surgical and hormonal alteration.
Nevertheless, the problem from which they suffer is not a physical but a psychological disorder. Yet this Bill effectively denies the biological facts of sexual identity, replacing them as the basis of law by psychologically disordered feelings instead.
The Bill says transsexuals must have rights in their chosen sex to marry and to claim benefits. The most fundamental - and disturbing - right of all, however, is to a new birth certificate.
This will claim that the person's sex at birth was whatever he or she now deems it to be and as agreed by a panel of experts. The actual sex in which he or she was born will not be recorded.
In other words, the birth certificate - the most basic guarantee that we are who we say we are - will be a lie. It means that someone who was born a man, married as a man and fathered children as a man will have a birth certificate which says he was born a female if he so chooses.
Worse still, a wide variety of people will be prosecuted if they make known the truth.
Suppose a fitness club advertises for a personal trainer and takes up a reference at another gym for an applicant named Barbara. If that gym's owner employed this person as Barry, it will be a criminal offence for him to say so. So he may be forced to tell misleading half-truths about 'Barbara's' performance. This Orwellian situation is to come about because sexual identity will cease to be a biological given and become, instead, a matter of whatever a panel of experts decides it to be.
Moreover, the criteria by which this panel will make such judgments are extraordinarily flaky.
The person wanting 'gender reassignment' won't even need to have had sex-change surgery, only a statement by two doctors that the person has suffered from 'gender dysphoria' for two years, that he or she assumes the opposite sex and that the intention to do so is permanent.
So biological facts are to be replaced by the fantasies of feelings. For feeling like a member of the opposite sex does not make it true. Even after surgical or hormonal treatment, people still remain chromosomally a man or a woman, a biologically unalterable fact.
The anguish of transsexuals may impel them to seek surgery to realise their fantasy of belonging to the opposite sex. For a few sufferers, it works. But doctors say that, more often, the transsexual is left with a mutilated body while the mental torment continues unabated.
Indeed, in a number of tragic cases the transsexual has sought to reverse the treatment and return to his original sex. Are we really to believe that such a man becomes a woman and then turns back into being a man?
Isn't this rather a man with a distressing psychological problem? And will his birth certificate keep changing, along with his mind?
The practical effect of the Bill will inevitably be same- sex 'marriage'. …