It’s well past time we all told Norman Tebbit to get on his bike.

The former Conservative Party chairman – and bigot, it seems – has claimed that air pollution may be making people transgender. What nonsense.

The reason transgender people are a new phenomenon is simple: Society has changed.

This Writer would be entirely unsurprised if there were people in his school, his National Service intake, and his children’s generation, who were unhappy with their gender.

Those were primitive times. Society frowned on anybody who suggested alternative lifestyles from the norm – and ostracised those who attempted them.

The current situation is far from enlightened, but progress has been made – as a result of decades of campaigning against oppressive prejudice such as that displayed by Lord Tebbit.

And it is oppressive. It is an attempt to tell other people how to live. How would you like it?

Former Chairman of the Conservative Party Lord Tebbit had claimed air pollution is making people transgender – a week after the Prime Minister told the PinkNews Awards that “being trans is not an illness”.

Lord Tebbit, a former Thatcher minister and Chairman of the Conservative Party, is a long-running opponent of LGBT rights.

The 86-year-old peer spoke out this week in an article in the Telegraph.

He claimed transgender people were a new phenomenon, writing: “I cannot recollect any such individuals among my fellow pupils at school, nor in my intake for National Service in 1949, nor so far as I know among my children’s generation at school.”

He added: “I think it is time we had some research into the extent of the phenomenon both in time and geographical reach.

“I do not know if the populations of third world or of urban or of rural societies are more or less affected.

“Nor is it known if it is only our species or others living alongside us which have been affected, but that knowledge might point to a trigger such as pollution, which is the belief of some scientists.”

It is unclear what scientists he is referring to.

Source: Former Conservative Party chair Lord Tebbit claims air pollution is making people transgender – PinkNews


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