BBC drops controversial trans groups from website

The BBC has removed some of the UK’s most controversial pro-trans groups from its online ‘Gender identity’ information page.

Links to Mermaids, The Gender Trust, and The Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES), which promote radical transgender ideology, have been replaced with a link to the NHS.

The NHS recently changed its guidance on puberty-blocking drugs to better reflect the growing evidence of the dangers posed to children by hormone suppressors.


The highly controversial activist group Mermaids, claimed it was because a “number of editorial staff” at the BBC are “unsympathetic to transgender identities”.

In 2019, Mermaids provoked outrage after it exposed the personal details of vulnerable children after it placed more than 1,000 pages of confidential emails from 2016 and 2017 online for anyone to read.

Names, telephone numbers, addresses, and deeply intimate details of children’s mental state and medical history were revealed, along with comments and questions from worried parents.

Earlier in the year, the organisation was ridiculed after showing police officers in a training session a gender identity ‘spectrum’, with a Barbie doll at one end, and a G.I. Joe toy at the other, and telling them: “Your Sexuality is who you go to bed with. Your Gender Identity is who you go to bed as.”

GPs concerns

Also in 2019, a training course developed for GPs by GIRES was dropped after doctors who felt uncomfortable pushing patients towards transitioning raised concerns.

The course, which had been listed on the Royal College of General Practitioners’ website since 2015, encouraged doctors to help patients ‘change sex’.

GIRES has also claimed that gender treatments mitigate the symptoms of Autism spectrum disorder.

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