What’s Current: UK trans lobby group Mermaids instructs teachers on puberty blockers for children

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  • As revealed to The Times in a recording from last December, a trainer with Mermaids, a UK gender identity lobby group, recommended puberty blockers for children as young as 12 to teachers and staff at Newman University in Birmingham. Michael Biggs, associate professor in sociology at St. Cross College, Oxford, said:

“Mermaids is not giving pupils a choice that they may just be gay or lesbian. Instead, it is diverted down a drastic path that ultimately ends in surgery. To be propagating such information to schools is disturbing.”

  • South Korean police arrested five people involved in a trafficking scheme where Brazilian women were promised a chance to become K-pop stars, but were instead forced to sell sex in a brothel.
  • Two Bangladeshi police officers are disciplined after a woman reported being raped by five men and the officers responded by forcing her to sign documents divorcing her husband and marrying the main suspect.
  • Texas school officials have been accused of telling the grandmother of a four-year-old boy with long hair that he either had to cut it, braid it, or wear a dress and say he was a girl.
  • A fundraiser for Marie Curie Hospice in Edinburgh has been set up by Magdalen Berns’s sister, to thank them for their excellent and compassionate care during Magdalen’s final days.
Natasha Chart
Natasha Chart

Natasha Chart is an online organizer and feminist living in the United States. She does not recant her heresy.

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