United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that “biological males should not be competing in female sporting events” on April 6 amid fallout from excluding trans people in banning conversion therapy.
“Maybe that’s a controversial thing, but it just seems to me to be sensible,” Johnson told Sky News during a hospital visit in Hertfordshire.
“I also happen to think that women should have spaces — whether it is in hospitals or prisons or changing rooms or wherever — which are dedicated to women,” Johnson further said.
“That doesn’t mean that I’m not immensely sympathetic to people who want to change gender, to transition, and it’s vital that we give people the maximum possible love and support in making those decisions,” Johnson added.
Johnson’s remarks came after the government said that they will ban conversion therapy, but not for transgender people, prompting over 100 LGBTQIA+ organizations to pull out from an international LGBTQIA+ conference in UK, leading to its cancellation.
“There are complexities and sensitivities when you move from the area of sexuality to the question of gender,” Johnson said on April 6.
Ban Conversion Therapy, a coalition of LGBTQIA+ organizations, criticized Johnson’s remarks on Twitter, pointing out that the “complexities” he was referring to “have been researched by the [United Nations], all leading UK health organizations, multiple other countries, and the government’s own commissioned report.”
“No more excuses. No more abuse,” the coalition added.
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