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UK prime minister Rishi Sunak has shared his anti-trans views during a talk at the Conservative Party Conference. The party leader told the predominantly right-wing crowd that the public in Britain is being bullied into believing that “people can be any sex that they want to be.”Speaking to a round of applause from Tory MPs and other people in the audience, Rishi said, ‘We shouldn’t get bullied into believing that “people can be any sex they want to be, A man is a man, and a woman is a woman, that’s just common sense.‘
In his speech, Rishi continued to say that he believed that the party had allowed “love” to cascade through the generations further attacking relationship education in schools. Members of the public widely reviled his comments and some commented saying that they “couldn’t believe it” after hearing him make such a claim.
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Journalist India Willoughby described the comments as terrifying and got worried over the reactions made by the audience. She commented, ” Outrageous hate, which is going to encourage bullying and physical attacks by thugs, utterly vile,”
Statistics from the Home Office, 2021 show that about 2,630 hate crimes were reported against transgender people. 88% of trans people revealed that they don’t report hate crimes because of fear.
Rishi’s speech also commented on recently announced plans that aim to ban trans women from female hospital wards commenting that patients ought to know when hospitals are talking about women or men. The home secretary Suella Braverman also backed up the proposal saying that “Trans women don’t have a place in women’s wards or, indeed, any safe space relating to biological women.”
Sunak also previously attacked the trans community in June when he was filmed mocking nonbinary members and joking about “women having penises” and also joking about Lib Dem leader End Davey for being in support of trans rights.
Liz Truss and Sunak also denied that trans women are women in August 2022 during a conservative leadership hustings. Both candidates answered “No” when they were asked whether a trans woman is a woman by Julia Hartley-Brewer.