Prominent LGBT website PinkNews has branded the social media hashtag #OnlyFemalesGetCervicalCancer a “disgustingly transphobic lie” after the phrase began trending on social media.
The website spoke out in favour of charity Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, which criticised the hashtag, saying it wanted “everyone with a cervix” to have support “regardless of their gender identity”.
PinkNews said this included “trans men, trans masculine people, intersex people and non-binary people as well as some trans women who have had gender confirmation surgery”.
Another cancer charity removed an Instagram post accusing people of being “vile” and “transphobic” for using #OnlyFemalesGetCervicalCancer within 24 hours, after it claimed the post was taken out of context.
People took to the Mumsnet website criticising the charity’s post, with one user commenting: “How can a charity for gynaecological cancer say that ‘trans women are women’?”
They added: “I can’t support a charity that goes against science. This feels like such a betrayal. Women are not disgusting for going against ‘trans women are women’.”
Last month, a prominent surgeon specialising in gender reassignment surgery said that men should be allowed to have wombs implanted if they want to give birth to children.
Christopher Inglefield, who founded the London Transgender Clinic, said that because uterus implants are possible for women born without a womb, men who are living as if they are women should be allowed the same procedure.
He claimed giving a man a womb would be “essentially identical” to implanting a womb into an infertile woman, but admitted there are “clearly anatomical boundaries”.