Daily Mail columnist and radio personality Katie Hopkins has been skirting controversy once again (what a surprise) as she this time takes aim at the transgender community.
Speaking on her weekly show on LBC Radio the former Apprentice contestant has lashed out at the transgender community, claiming that they should receive no help or treatment from the NHS, especially fertility treatment, pointing to long NHS waiting times for other treatment as a reason to not help the trans community.
‘Is it okay that we are paying for these individuals and their lifestyle choices? I don’t think so as it goes.
‘As much as I love to wave the rainbow coloured banner as the next individual. As much as I see that’s the way the world is going – I may need to catch up with that. I don’t agree with it.
‘I don’t think that we should be paying for trans people to have their eggs frozen on the NHS. If we live in a world of endless resources… If money fell from the sky in a golden shower, of a quite different making… then well of course, there would be no problem with the amount of cash available but the fact is we are 2.4 billion pounds in debt with our NHS.
‘The fact that we’ve got cataract operations being cancelled, three out of four trusts now do not perform cataract operations until the patient is perfectly blind because we don’t have the funds to approve them.
‘Do we really need to pander to the trans community and their whims? I say no’ Said Hopkins.
The NHS currently offers trans people the choice of freezing eggs and sperm so that transgender people can have children later in life, in a similar way that this choice is open to cancer patients and people facing other treatment where fertility may be affected, though quite often trans people have to pay for this service themselves.
To blame the transgender community and the meagre treatment that we receive on the NHS for the major debt and delays faced across the entire service is ludicrous and shortsighted in its ignorance, and no better than saying immigrants are responsible for people having problems finding jobs. It’s a snap judgement that doesn’t hold up upon closer examination of real world facts and figures and is informed by nothing more than bigotry and blaming of minority groups.
As it stands at the moment transgender people face a waiting list of more than two years to receive their first gender clinic appointment so that they can receive medical aid in their transition, a period of time that is excessively long and leads to huge amounts of distress for those awaiting their appointments.
Katie Hopkins is quite clearly just lashing out about a situation she knows little to nothing about, with an opinion formed without any research and based on fear mongering headlines and tabloid stories, but then what do we expect from someone who writes for The Daily Mail, a ‘newspaper’ that was actually responsible for the death of a transgender woman, Lucy Meadows.
From a personal point of view I would like to say the following to Hopkins, being transgender is not a ‘lifestyle choice’ I made. I did not choose this for myself. I did not make the choice to paint a target on myself for every hateful bigot in the world. I did not choose to face harassment in the streets. I did not choose to face discrimination in the workplace. I did not choose to receive death and rape threats. I did not choose to become massively suicidal and depressed. I DID NOT CHOOSE THIS.
Being transgender is not a choice, and it most certainly is not a ‘lifestyle’, and I will argue that point with anyone who claims otherwise until I am blue in the face because those kind of accusations are ridiculous.
Perhaps you should learn to do a little research on a subject before you open your mouth in the future Ms Hopkins, otherwise you just make yourself look stupid, like when you told your listeners that the M25 would close for a week because you believed a spoof article. Educate yourself and stop spreading hate and lies about our community.