Labour leader Keir Starmer has spoken out about the ongoing trans rights debate, urging people to ‘stop chucking bricks at each other’.
Speaking on BBC Radio Four’s Today programme, Starmer said: “I’m convinced there’s a way forward here if everybody is prepared to stop chucking bricks at each other, have a mature conversation and not treat it as a political football.”
Starmer’s comments come at a time when issues of trans rights have been extremely high-profile. It’s been alleged that the government is intending to scrap changes to the Gender Recognition Act, and in a further blow to the trans community will rollback rights and ban trans women from women’s single-sex spaces, such as public bathrooms and changing rooms.
Trans issues have also gained media attention after JK Rowling posted tweets which were widely considered to be anti-trans, despite her claim that she herself is not. Labour frontbencher Lloyd Russell-Moyle recently had to apologise to the Harry Potter author after accusing her of using her experience of domestic abuse to “justify” discrimination against trans people.
Continuing to speak on the Today programme about the subject of trans rights, Starmer said: “I don’t think the legislation goes far enough. That then takes us into difficult questions. Let’s take those difficult questions in a mature, calm way without taking sides.”
He continued: “Treating this as a political football, which is what’s happened over recent months, is completely the wrong way forward.
“There’s a better way, and that is to reflect and do it in a mature, I would hope cross-party, basis.
“The entrenchment doesn’t protect the trans community. It doesn’t protect some women who are completely concerned about safe spaces. Let’s have the conversation.”
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