Transgender campaigner called transphobic for saying men are men

A transsexual faces expulsion from an LGBT committee after he wore a T-shirt which affirms that sex is fixed and cannot be changed.

Debbie Hayton was born male, but ‘transitioned’ from male to female as an adult and now lives as if he is a woman. However, he does not believe that surgery has changed his biology.

In July, he wore a T-shirt saying “Trans women are men. Get over it!” at an event discussing the impact of gender ideology on women’s rights.


Hayton is a member of the Trade Unions Congress’s (TUC) LGBT Committee, but other members were angered by his T-shirt.

12 members of the committee wrote to the General Secretary of the TUC, saying Hayton had “gone beyond discourse, and the expression of alternative viewpoints, and is now propagating hate speech against the trans community”.

They also criticised a newspaper column written by Hayton in which he said: “Trans women are biologically male — in fact being male is the sole qualifying criterion to be a trans woman.”

He is now facing expulsion from the committee.


Hayton wore the T-shirt at an event run by Fair Play for Women, a group which says changing the Gender Recognition Act to allow people to ‘self-identify’ their gender would threaten the rights of women and girls.

The group’s founder Nicola Williams said: “Accusations of transphobia are thrown at women so often for so little that the word has lost all meaning.

“When even trans people can get called transphobes, I hope people now understand how ludicrous and far-fetched these attacks have always been.

“The trans movement has been hijacked by gender extremists.”

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