‘LGBT agenda is cultural totalitarianism’, says columnist

The advancement of LGBT rights is an “oppressive attempt” to change “society and human nature itself”, a Times columnist has said.

In her article, Melanie Phillips warned against promotion of the LGBT agenda that is leading to ‘cultural totalitarianism’ in Britain.

She was writing after a report by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) suggested that asking people to declare their sex is “irrelevant, unacceptable and intrusive, particularly to trans participants”.


Phillips said the ONS document shows that “men and women are being airbrushed out of the official picture”.

“Gender reassignment is being carried out even though many patients remain severely distressed and even suicidal after such treatment.

“Schools are now falling over each other to encourage cross-dressing, falsely and dangerously cementing in children’s minds as an existential issue an immature desire to experiment which otherwise mostly vanishes over time.”


The columnist also discussed plans by the NHS to ask all patients aged 16 years and over about their sexuality.

She slammed the move as “ludicrous” and “disturbing”, and said that NHS England was “lurching from care of the sick into unhealthy cultural coercion”.

“NHS England says it is required under the Equality Act to ensure that no patient is discriminated against. So what evidence is there that the NHS is discriminating against anyone on the grounds of their sexual preference or identity? None whatsoever.”

Phillips added that the plans are “assaulting patients’ fundamental right to privacy”.

‘Cultural totalitarianism’

She said the whole issue of LGBT rights has turned into an example of ‘cultural totalitarianism’: an oppressive attempt to engineer society and human nature itself into something completely different”.

Phillips used a new Canadian law – which could see people who refuse to endorse transsexualism charged with a hate crime, fined or even jailed – to demonstrate where the UK is going.

She also highlighted New York City, where failure to use a transsexual person’s preferred pronoun could lead to a fine of up to $250,000.