An uncompromising new book has warned of the dire consequences facing society as a whole if trans activism is allowed to continue unchecked.
Author and journalist Helen Joyce, who is Britain editor for The Economist, has penned Trans: When Ideology Meets Reality, which explores the impct of allowing people to be treated as the gender they identify with, rather than biological sex.
She warns it could lead to the destruction of women’s rights in prisons, sports and in the workplace, and argues the importance of single-sex spaces, such as changing rooms, support groups and public toilets.
Joyce says these exist for ‘a reason’, highlighting the ‘overwhelming majority of violence, sexual assault and harassment’ suffered by females has been perpetrated by males.
Meanwhile she also raises concerns about young children being placed onto puberty blockers which she says ‘fast-track’ them to medical and surgical transition’ – and sterilisation.
She said she was prompted to write the book after speaking with detransitioners, people who ‘have taken hormonal or surgical steps towards transition before realising that they had made a catastrophic mistake’, some of whom compare their experience to being in ‘a cult’.
Joyce writes that gay people also suffer because ‘without a meaningful definition of sex, there can be no meaningful definition of sexual orientation’. For instance, trans activists have claimed that the ‘only morally acceptable orientation’ is pansexual (capable of attraction to people of any sex or gender identity), and that having a ‘genital preference’ is transphobic.
Meanwhile, doctors who have tried to encourage children to accept their own body have been ‘terrorised’ by campaigners who whip up witch-hunts against them.
She has been hailed for her bravery in publishing the book by readers, including GB News presenter Andrew Doyle and Dame Jenni Murray, who called it a ‘win for free speech’, while keyboard warriors accused her of ‘fuelling violence’ against trans people.
Here FEMAIL exposes some of the book’s most shocking revelations about trans activism – including campaigners arguing a penis is ‘a female sex organ’ and the doctors whose lives are destroyed for speaking their opinion…
Author and journalist Helen Joyce, who is Britain editor for The Economist, has penned Trans: When Ideology Meets Reality in which she explores gender-identity – the concept that people should count as men or women according to how they feel, instead of their biology (pictured, Keira Bell, who took legal action against Tavistock and whose story is documented in the book)
Diane Ehrensaft, the director of the University of California, San Francisco children’s hospital gender clinic, claims that even a toddler can indicate a trans identity to parents (left). Meanwhile Johanna Olson-Kennedy, the director of the Center for Transyouth Health and Development at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, has mentioned mastectomies being performed on transboys as young as thirteen (right)
Joyce documents how male predators who identify as transgender can pose a threat to female inmates if moved into women’s prisons (pictured, Karen White was born a man but – despite having a history of sex attacks – was placed in women’s prison HMP New Hall after telling authorities of his identification as a woman. They went on to sexually assault two inmates)
TODDLERS CAN IDENTIFY AS TRANS – AND ARE EVEN GIVEN PROSTHETIC PENISES
Speaking at an event in 2016, Diane Ehrensaft, the director of the University of California, San Francisco children’s hospital gender clinic, claimed that even a toddler can indicate a trans identity to parents.
She said they were able to communicate their trans feelings with non-verbal ‘gender messages’.
Joyce writes: ‘One born male may unpop the fasteners on a bodysuit to make it look like a dress; one born female may pull out hairclips.
‘She claims that children know if they are transgender by the second year of life – in fact, “They probably know before that, but that’s pre-verbal”.
‘She has encouraged parents to socially transition children as young as three.’
Author and journalist Helen Joyce, who is Britain editor for The Economist, has penned Trans: When Ideology Meets Reality in which she explores gender-identity – the concept that people should count as men or women according to how they feel, instead of their biology
After researching several parent support groups on Facebook, Joyce found there were discussions about buying prosthetic penises and underpants which squash the genitals between the legs for toddlers.
PARENTS ENCOURAGE TRANS CHILDREN BECAUSE THEY WANT TO ‘BOOST THEIR LIBERAL CREDENTIALS’
As part of her research for the book, Joyce spent time looking through Facebook groups for parents whose children were changing gender.
She suggests some parents might encourage transition to ‘boost their liberal credentials’ while others ‘like being their child’s saviour’ or ‘enjoy the attention having a trans child brings’.
Joyce found many parents were prompted to help their child transition after the toddler ‘merely announced’ they were the opposite sex, despite never having exhibited any other feelings of gender dysphoria.
Puberty blockers pause physical changes for children – but little is known about the drugs long term effect
If a child is under 18 and may have gender dysphoria, they’ll usually be referred to the Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust.
GIDS has 2 main clinics in London and Leeds.
The team will carry out a detailed assessment, usually over 3 to 6 appointments over a period of several months.
Young people with lasting signs of gender dysphoria may be referred to a hormone specialist (consultant endocrinologist) to see if they can take hormone blockers as they reach puberty.
These hormone, or ‘puberty’ blockers (gonadotrophin-releasing hormone analogues) pause the physical changes of puberty, such as breast development or facial hair.
Little is known about the long-term side effects of hormone or puberty blockers in children with gender dysphoria.
Although the Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) advises this is a physically reversible treatment if stopped, it is not known what the psychological effects may be.
It’s also not known whether hormone blockers affect the development of the teenage brain or children’s bones. Side effects may also include hot flushes, fatigue and mood alterations.
From the age of 16, teenagers who’ve been on hormone blockers for at least 12 months may be given cross-sex hormones, also known as gender-affirming hormones.
These hormones cause some irreversible changes, such as breast development and breaking or deepening of the voice.
Long-term cross-sex hormone treatment may cause temporary or even permanent infertility.
But it doesn’t account for all parents whose children are transitioning.
On the other hand, Denise, founder of website 4thWaveNow, told Joyce that parents are terrified by doctors who give brash warnings about what could happen if children don’t transition.
Denise said: ‘When you have the top clinicians saying that if you don’t take the affirmative approach, you’re going to kill your kid…Well, it’s the worst thing that could happen. And to think that you could be responsible for it.’
Joyce reports she has spoken with parents who discovered that their child’s schoolmates were told to use one name and set of pronouns for their child when they weren’t around.
Others said they were told that if they kept ‘misgendering’ their child, social services would intervene.
PRE-TEEN CHILDREN GIVEN MASTECTOMIES AND INJECTED WITH ‘PUBERTY BLOCKERS’ WHICH MAKES THEM LIKELY TO PROGRESS TO ‘CROSS-SEX HORMONES’ AND FURTHER SURGERY…
In dozens of studies across the world, the majority of children suffering from gender dysphoria ‘outgrow’ the feeling.
One of the studies, published in March this year, followed 139 boys, two thirds of whom satisfied the clinical criteria seen at a Toronto clinic between 1975 and 2009.
Two-thirds satisfied the clinical criteria for a diagnosis of gender dysphoria.
It was later found that more than 90 percent of them later ceased to feel dysphoric and became reconciled with their biological sex, generally before or early in puberty.
However clinicians have also found that if pre-teen children are injected with ‘puberty blockers’ they are highly likely to progress onwards with a transition into ‘cross-sex hormones’ and further surgeries.
Medics in Amsterdam injected 70 children with triptorelin, which stops the signals sent by the pituitary gland that orchestrate puberty by triggering oestrogen or testosterone production.
Each of the children progressed onto cross-sex hormones with the majority going on to have surgery at age eighteen.
Some had breast tissue removed and phalloplasties, while others were castrated and underwent vaginoplasty.
Concerning, Joyce writes that children are placed on the pathway at a very young age, explaining: ‘[Puberty blockers] are part of a treatment pathway that ushers children towards adulthood identifying as a trans person.’
While parents might believe social transition and puberty blockers are ‘easily reversible’, Joyce argues they are in fact ‘fast-tracking them to medical and surgical transition.’
In 2019, a British court heard how the Tavistock’s clinic prescribed puberty blockers to three female ten-year-olds.
In her book, which was released earlier this week, Joyce examines the consequences of allowing trans people be treated in every circumstance as members of the sex they identify with, rather than their biological sex
According to Joyce, the endocrinologist’s barrister said there had been ‘no need to discuss fertility’ with these children, because they ‘could come off blockers at the age of fifteen’.
She criticises the fact there was ‘no mention of the misery involved in taking such a step.’
Meanwhile Johanna Olson-Kennedy, the director of the Center for Transyouth Health and Development at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, has mentioned mastectomies being performed on transboys as young as thirteen.
According to Joyce, puberty blockers have ‘never been put through clinical trials’ and are not licensed by manufacturers for use in gender medicine.
She writes that their main use is intended for hormone-related conditions that come with adulthood, like prostate cancer and endometriosis.
Joyce points to two studies which looked at how they delayed puberty in animals and suggested the drugs can ’cause defects in spatial memory’ and ‘increase depression’.
Helen Joyce is slammed by keyboard warriors for ‘fuelling violence against trans people’ with ‘offensive’ book – but broadcasters and historians praise the journalist as ‘brave’ for the ‘important’ work
Helen Joyce has been slammed by trolls for ‘fuelling violence against transpeople’ with her book, which they call ‘offensive’.
One American reader posted: ‘I’ve started reading Helen Joyce’s new book, let’s call it, Trans. You know from this whole situation that it’s trash, that it’s offensive and misleading.
‘Transphobic and all that, to suit her agenda. I take offense on these points, that’s a given.’
Meanwhile another wrote: ‘Imagine if she wrote a book called “Black” all about black people and people of colour? That’s exactly what she’s done about trans people.
A third commented: ‘So like the transphobia and transmisogyny in Helen Joyce’s book is also extremely important to acknowledge, that the book was written to target, vilify and demonize trans people and people who provide trans-related healthcare.’
Helen Joyce has been met with fierce backlash over her choice to tackle the topic by readers online, with some saying she was fueling violence against transpeople
However the journalist, who has worked at the Economist for almost 20 years, was praised by others for her ‘bravery’ and ‘compassion.
GB News presenter Andrew Doyle posted: ‘I had the privilege of reading an advance copy, and it’s a fantastic piece of work: detailed, persuasive and compassionate.’
Dame Jenni Murray wrote: ‘Happy publication day! V important book.’
Somali-born Dutch-American activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali wrote: ‘Trans is a harrowing read. Well researched and deeply compassionate, the book reminds readers that there are real trade-offs to be made in human rights activism.’
Irish historian Ruth Dudley Edwards said: ‘As the historian of the Economist’s first 150 years, I’m delighted its staff are standing by Helen Joyce, who deserves the support of everyone who values reason, open-mindedness, common sense, and free speech.’
Journalist Sarah Ditum wrote: ‘Started Trans this evening and I cannot recommend enough.
‘Lucid, insightful, drawing connections across science and society – this is a book you need to read.’
However broadcasters like Dame Jenni Murray and GB News presenter Andrew Doyle have praised the work as ‘brave’
DOCTORS WHO URGE CAUTION ARE ‘TERRORISED’
Among those Joyce spoke to for the book is Ken Zucker, who in 1984 was director of Toronto’s paediatric gender clinic.
He recommended pre-pubescent children did not transition and instead promoted the theory that youngsters should be supported to become comfortable in their own sex before progressing to medical and social transition in adolescence.
In 2015, his unit was reviewed by the clinic, and he was accused of ‘traumatising patients’ and trying to engage in ‘conversion therapy’.
He was sacked, but accusations he had ‘mocked’ and traumatised patients were later dismissed as unverified gossip.
After taking out a lawsuit against his former employer in 2018, he was vindicated and paid a settlement.
Joyce writes that the message was ‘loud and clear’ to other clinicians – that those who ‘urge caution’ are ‘risking their livelihoods’.
Zucker told Joyce there are still other doctors who maintain the same opinions as him, but many are afraid to speak out for fear of being ‘terrorised’.
Why did the NHS let me change sex? Keira Bell tells her story in the hope that it will ‘serve as a warning to others’
IT engineer Miss Bell is pictured outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London in January
In an interview earlier this year, Keira told the Daily Mail what happened to her, in order to highlight her plight and, she says, serve as a warning to others.
Keira was brought up in Hertfordshire, with two younger sisters, by her single mother, as her parents had divorced. Her father, who served in the U.S. military in Britain and has since settled here, lived a few miles away.
She was always a tomboy, she said. She did not like wearing skirts, and can still vividly remember two occasions when she was forced by her family to go out in a dress.
She told the Daily Mail: ‘At 14, I was pitched a question by my mother, about me being such a tomboy. She asked me if I was a lesbian, so I said no. She asked me if I wanted to be a boy and I said no, too.’
But the question set Keira thinking that she might be what was then called transsexual, and today is known as transgender.
‘The idea was disgusting to me,’ she tells me. ‘Wanting to change sex was not glorified as it is now. It was still relatively unknown. Yet the idea stuck in my mind and it didn’t go away.’
Keira’s road to the invasive treatment she blames for blighting her life, began after she started to persistently play truant at school. An odd one out, she insisted on wearing trousers — most female pupils there chose skirts — and rarely had friends of either sex.
Miss Bell (pictured as a five-year-old) had treatment which began at the Tavistock in London
When she continually refused to turn up at class as a result of bullying, she was referred to a therapist.
She told him of her thoughts that she wanted to be a boy.
Very soon, she was referred to her local doctor who, in turn, sent her to the child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS) near her home. From there, because of her belief that she was born in the wrong body, she was given treatment at the Tavistock
Keira had entered puberty and her periods had begun. ‘The Tavistock gave me hormone blockers to stop my female development. It was like turning off a tap,’ she says.
‘I had symptoms similar to the menopause when a woman’s hormones drop. I had hot flushes, I found it difficult to sleep, my sex drive disappeared. I was given calcium tablets because my bones weakened.’
Keira claims she was not warned by the Tavistock therapists of the dreadful symptoms ahead.
Her breasts, which she had been binding with a cloth she bought from a transgender internet site, did not instantly disappear. ‘I was in nowhere land,’ she says.
Yet back she went to the Tavistock, where tests were run to see if she was ready for the next stage of her treatment after nearly a year on blockers.
A few months later, she noticed the first wispy hairs growing on her chin. At last something was happening. Keira was pleased.
Miss Bell (pictured left, and right as a man), took testosterone, which left her with a deep voice and possibly infertile, and had a double mastectomy – but later realised she had ‘gone down the wrong path’. Right, She changed her name and sex on her driving licence and birth certificate, calling herself Quincy (after musician Quincy Jones)
She was referred to the Gender Identity Clinic in West London, which treats adults planning to change sex.
After getting two ‘opinions’ from experts there, she was sent to a hospital in Brighton, East Sussex, for a double mastectomy, aged 20.
By now, she had a full beard, her sex drive returned, and her voice was deep.
After her breasts were removed, she began to have doubts about becoming a boy.
Despite her doubts, she pressed on. She changed her name and sex on her driving licence and birth certificate, calling herself Quincy (after musician Quincy Jones) as she liked the sound of it. She also altered her name by deed poll, and got a government-authorised Gender Recognition Certificate making her officially male.
In January last year, soon after her 22nd birthday, she had her final testosterone injection.
But, after years of having hormones pumped into your body, the clock is not easily turned back. It is true that her periods returned and she slowly began to regain a more feminine figure around her hips. Yet her beard still grows.
‘I don’t know if I will ever really look like a woman again,’ she said. ‘I feel I was a guinea pig at the Tavistock, and I don’t think anyone knows what will happen to my body in the future.’
Even the question of whether she will be able to have children is in doubt.
She has started buying women’s clothes and using female toilets again, but says: ‘I worry about it every time in case women think I am a man. I get nervous. I have short hair but I am growing it and, perhaps, that will make a difference.’
By law she is male, and she faces the bureaucratic nightmare of changing official paperwork back to say she is female.
DETRANSITIONERS DESCRIBE FEELING ‘LIKE SURVIVORS OF A CULT’
It was after speaking to several ‘detransitioners’ that Joyce was inspired to write the book.
Among them was Helena, 22, from Ohio, who learned about gender-identity while browsing social media websites.
A school counsellor drew up a plan for her to save money for her transition as well as the address to gender clinics, which she attended as a teenager.
She was prescribed testosterone and told how to inject it, before heading off to college as a trans-man.
However it wasn’t long before she began self-harming, skipping class, and drinking and taking recreational drugs.
She learned she had been prescribed four times the recommended starting amount of testosterone at the clinic, dropped out of college and began detransitioning.
She told Joyce: ‘I feel like a cult survivor, a thousand percent. That cult robbed me of my adolescence.’
Joyce depicts a similar story for Lara, 24, who grew up a gender non-conforming child who had cropped hair and disliked feminine beauty rituals.
By the time she was a teenager, she had come out to friends as being a lesbian, and developed bulimia, spending months in and out of hospital.
It was while spending time online that she concluded she was trans, and was told by a therapist said that transitioning would solve her problems, including her eating disorder.
She was put on testosterone, underwent a mastectomy and had her uterus and ovaries removed.
Lara lived as a man in college for several years before she began speaking to doctors about having a phalloplasty.
While researching online, she discovered she connected with other women who had undergone the same procedures as her – but because of cancer and endometriosis.
The conversation jolted her, and she began desisting. She now regards the whole ideology as ‘‘crazy, cultish’.
Transgender activist sued beauty salons for refusing to wax her male genitals
In 2019 Jessica Yaniv, 32, claimed numerous Vancouver estheticians discriminated against based on her ‘gender identity and gender expression’ when she requested a Brazilian bikini wax.
She sought justice after she said she was told by women at salons that they were unable to provide a service as they were not trained to wax male genitals – and could cause her serious injury.
Yaniv claimed they cited religious reasons and the fact they shouldn’t be forced to touch genitals they don’t want to.
She filed various complaints against estheticians in the Vancouver area, causing two to go out of business, and she was seeking as much as $15,000 in damages from each place.
In 2019 Jessica Yaniv, 32, claimed numerous Vancouver estheticians discriminated against based on her ‘gender identity and gender expression’ when she requested a Brazilian bikini wax
However, the British Human Rights Tribunal dismissed her complaint, ruling that: ‘Human rights legislation does not require a service provider to wax a type of genitals they are not trained for and have not consented to wax.’
The Tribunal also found Yaniv to have ‘engaged in improper conduct’ including filing ‘complaints for improper purposes’, and called her testimony both ‘disingenuous’ and ‘self-serving’ along with ‘evasive and argumentative and contradictory’.
Her initial order for $500,000 in damages was also branded ‘divorced from reality and reason’.
‘I find that Ms. Yaniv’s predominant motive in filing her waxing complaints is not to prevent or remedy alleged discrimination, but to target small businesses for personal financial gain,’ adjudicator Devin Cousineau determined.
Respondents in the complaint included Blue Heaven Beauty Lounge (above) and Sandeep Benipal; Sukhdip Hehar and Sukhi Dream Salon; Judy Tran; Marcia DaSilva; Hina Moin; Pam Dulay; and Merle Norma
‘In many of these complaints, she is also motivated to punish racialized and immigrant women based on her perception that certain ethnic groups, namely South Asian and Asian communities, are “taking over” and advancing an agenda hostile to the interests of LGBTQ+ people.’
Yaniv’s motives were therefore ruled not to be consistent with the B.C. Human Rights Code by Cousineau, and she was ordered to pay $6,000 for improper conduct.
Her improper motives were determined because she was found to have used deception to manufacture some of the complaints. She also sought punish the respondents by filing numerous complaints against each beautician.
Cousineau also said Yaniv made an over insistence on settling the claims financially and showed ‘animus toward certain racial, religious and cultural groups.’
Eight of the respondent she filed complaints against were non-white women, who were typically working out of their homes.
Her improper motives were determined because she was found to have used deception to manufacture some of the complaints. She also sought punish the respondents by filing numerous complaints against each beautician. Cousineau also said Yaniv made an over insistence on settling the claims financially and showed ‘animus toward certain racial, religious and cultural groups’
‘I found aspects of Ms. Yaniv’s testimony to be disingenuous and self‐serving. In cross‐examination, she was evasive and argumentative, and contradicted herself,’ Cousineau wrote, elaborating that Yaniv first claimed to have male genitals but then later said she was intersex with ‘other stuff’.
At one hearing, Yaniv claimed to have a vulva, which Cousineau accepted as fact while denying a request from the respondent’s lawyers to have her undergo medical examination.
Regardless, Cousineau said, Yaniv has a scrotum and ‘there are differences between waxing the genitals of a person with a vulva and a person with a penis and scrotum’.
Yaniv attempted to argue that being refused a wax was similar to the high profile case in the US of a gay couple being denied a wedding cake order on religious grounds.
‘There is no material difference in a cake which is baked for a straight wedding, and one that is baked for a gay wedding,’ wrote Cousineau. ‘Nor does baking a cake for a gay wedding require you to have intimate contact with the client.
‘There is a material difference in waxing different types of genitals and that, because of its intimate nature, service providers must consent to provide service on a particular type of genitals.’
Yaniv was also accused of being deceitful on a number of occasions. In one instance, she asked a beautician, Sandeep Benipal, how she would wax around a tampon string.
Though she testified the purpose of the question was to test Benipal’s ‘professionalism’ and to see it her Blue Heaven Beauty Lounge was a ‘legitimate business’, the explanation was admonished by Cousineau.
‘If Ms. Yaniv were genuinely curious about the legitimacy of Ms. Benipal’s business, she could have asked questions related to training, licencing, facilities or other matters relevant to the business,’ he wrote.
Yaniv’s case sparked international outrage and the tribunal was fiercely criticized for allowing her case to advance so far.
The case was finally dismissed and Yaniv was ordered to pay $6,000 for improper conduct.
Cousineau lowered the penalties against Yaniv after considering the ‘torrent of backlash and hatred’ against her online following the exposure of her claim last summer.
On Twitter, Yaniv appeared gracious in defeat, congratulating lawyer Tako Van Popta on his ‘win’ and added, ‘You and I will be meeting quite a bit over the next 4 years. We have a lot to work on to advance #LGBTQ equality. Let’s get started!!!’
She then tweeted a Helen Rowland quote, urging her followed to take a chance because, ‘You will never win if you never begin.’
LESBIANS BANNED FROM DATING APPS FOR SAYING THEY ONLY WANT TO MEET FEMALES
Among the stories detailed in Joyce’s book is that of former firefighter Lucy Masoud, a survivor of a terror attack and a lesbian.
In 1999, her ‘life was ruined for a bit’ after her girlfriend’s workplace, a gay bar called the Admiral Duncan in Soho, was nail-bombed by a neo-Nazi.
She became newly single in 2020 and decided to try out several dating apps, including Hinge.
Among the stories detailed in Joyce’s book is that of former firefighter Lucy Masoud, a lesbian who was banned from Hinge after she said she was only interested in people who were ‘biologically female’
She set up her profile to ‘women seeking women’, and found every third or fourth match was a trans-woman.
Lucy altered her profile to read: ‘All I ask is that you be on time, don’t moan about me getting overly involved in Love Island and that you’re a biological female.’
After declaring her preference, she was then permanently banned from the app for ‘transphobia’.
She told Joyce: ‘What did my girlfriend get blown out of a pub for, if twenty years later we are less able to be open about our sexuality than we were back then?’
TRANS-ACTIVISTS CLAIM A PENIS MAY BE FEMALE SEX ORGAN
American transwoman and YouTuber Riley J. Dennis describes ‘girldicks’ as ‘basically like a big clitoris’ while a transwoman’s penis is just ‘an outie vagina’
According to the ‘assigned at birth’ theory, sex is not determined by biological differences in male and female babies, but instead decided upon at birth.
The argument suggests that transwomen are not only women in gender but also in sex aka female, but with a penis.
American transwoman and YouTuber Riley J. Dennis describes ‘girldicks’ as ‘basically like a big clitoris’ while a transwoman’s penis is just ‘an outie vagina.’
GENDER SELF IDENTIFICATION PROVIDES SEXUAL PREDATORS A ‘MARVELLOUS LOOPHOLE’ IN PRISON
Joyce reports that of the 125 transgender prisoners known to be in English prisons in late 2017, sixty were transwomen who had commited sexual offences.
The share is described by the author as ‘far higher than in the general male prison population, let alone in the female one’.
She suggests it is a sign that gender self identification ‘provides sexual predators with a marvellous loophole’ to join women’s spaces.
Joyce explains that in the UK, the US and Canada, there are a growing number of male convicts – including rapists and murderers – who are transferred into female prisons based on their gender identity.
April Halley, a resident of Newfoundland, requested data from the CSC about Canadian convicts, learning eight prisoners moved from men’s prisons to federal women’s prisons, including five murderers and two other serious violent offenders.
According to Halley, those included transwomen Fallon Aubee, a contract killer sentenced to life for the murder in 1992 of a witness to a gangland killing and Tara Pearsall, a serial rapist who posed as a paramedic in order to sexually assault young women.
Joyce writes: ‘Pearsall had told fellow inmates in a men’s prison that the point of identifying as trans was to do easier time.’
Another had been imprisoned because they had raped a three-month-old baby, while a fourth committed at least two hundred sexual crimes against at least sixty victims, including girls of four and five.
She told Joyce: ‘The reality is that some of the most concerning offenders have been through sex-reassignment surgery.’
Women who complained about the criminals’ behaviour within the jail face being branded as ‘transphobic’.
Meanwhile campaigner Heather Mason, who served five terms in Canadian provincial and federal prisons for drugs and trafficking offences, tries to raise awareness about gender self-identification in prisons.
She told Joyce that males convicted of child abuse and rape see identifying as a woman as a ‘way out’ of men’s prisons where they are shunned.
Others suggest that housing male prisoners in women’s prisons puts female inmates in danger.
Rhona Hotchkiss, a prison governor in Scotland, now believes there should be a separate wing for trans-women in the jail.
In 2017, when working for Greenock, she found female prisoners would avoid using showers if there were transwomen in them.
She reported inmates were ‘scared’ to talk to or about the transwomen for fear of referring to them incorrectly.
Meanwhile Hotchkiss suggests only one of the prisoners she has worked with during her career was geuine, while the others were ‘motivated by desire to do easier time, gain access to victims or screw up the system.’
Meanwhile she said the impact on female inmates was extreme, many of whom had been victims of male violence in their childhood.
She said one woman who had beaten addiction and turned her life around was found with drugs in her cell, explaining: ‘She said she had got into an argument with one of the trans prisoners, who had lost control and punched the wall.
In Ireland, anyone is able to self-identify as another gender for ‘all purposes’ by printing a form and signing a declaration in front of their solicitor since 2015.
In recent years, Irish prisons have seen a sudden influx of sex offenders, who had once identified as male.
Joyce concludes: ‘I see no way to protect female prisoners’ safety and dignity if males are held alongside them.’
Prison service apologised for sending transgender rapist to all-female jail – despite his history of attacks on women – where he sexually assaulted inmates
In 2018, the prison service apologised after a transgender sex offender was placed in an all-female prison and went on to sexually assault two women inmates.
Karen White was born a man but – despite having a history of sex attacks – was placed in women’s prison HMP New Hall after telling authorities of his identification as a woman.
While in the women’s prison, ‘predator’ White sexually assaulted two female inmates.
Prosecutors said White- who appeared in court via video link wearing a patterned blouse and glasses with shoulder-length blond hair- used a ‘transgender persona’ to gain access to vulnerable females.
The 52-year-old- who was previously convicted in 2001 for indecent assault and gross indecency with a child- has now been ordered to serve a life sentence for the jail sex attacks and two rapes carried out when he was still a man.
The prison service admitted mistakes were made when White was assigned to the all-female jail.
A spokesman said: ‘We apologise sincerely for the mistakes which were made in this case. While we work to manage all prisoners, including those who are transgender, sensitively and in line with the law, we are clear that the safety of all prisoners must be our absolute priority.’
The sentence will be served in a men’s jail, where White has since been moved.
Prosecutors questioned whether White really wanted to transition to become a woman, or just used it as a ruse to target other women. He is now being housed in a male prison. He is pictured in 2016, before his arrest, when he was known to cross-dress, but had not begun gender reassignment
Christopher Dunn, prosecuting, told the court: ‘She is allegedly a transgender female.
‘The prosecution say allegedly because there’s smatterings of evidence in this case that the defendant’s approach to transitioning has been less than committed.
‘The prosecution suggest the reason for the lack of commitment towards transitioning is so the defendant can use a transgender persona to put herself in contact with vulnerable persons she can then abuse.’
White had previous convictions for indecent assault, indecent exposure and gross indecency involving children, in a campaign of attacks which started when he was a man known as Stephen Wood and living in Manchester.
Despite having previously cross-dressed, he began identifying as a woman while awaiting trial for attacking a neighbour last August.
White was therefore allowed to live in a women’s jail while on remand and carried out the two sex attacks on women inmates between September and October last year.
White was jailed for two counts of rape, the two sexual assaults in jail and one offence of wounding.
Parole will not be considered for at least nine-and-a-half years.
Passing sentence, Judge Christopher Batty told the defendant: ‘You are a predator and highly manipulative and in my view you are a danger. You represent a significant risk of serious harm to children, to women and to the general public.’
White pressed his penis against a woman inmate in women’s jail HMP New Hall (pictured)
Mr Dunn told the court White was arrested after attacking a 66-year-old neighbour with a steak-knife in Mytholmroyde, West Yorkshire last August 15.
White stabbed the woman with the knife and told her ‘I’m going to kill you,’ during the terrifying attack.
While on remand at HMP New Hall, an incident took place in the queue for prisoners to get medication on September 13 last year.
Prosecutor Mr Dunn said: ‘The complainant, while waiting, felt something hard press against the small of her back. She turned around to see the defendant stood there. She could see the defendant’s penis erect and sticking out of the top of her pants, covered by her tights.’
The matter was then reported to police and another prison assault came to light.
Another inmate told how she was in the prison workshop with White when the defendant was making ‘inappropriate comments about blow jobs.’
White then grabbed the woman’s hand and put it on the defendant’s left breast with the words: ‘Oh look, they are not real ones.’
White admitted both offences of sexual assault.
Sex offender White is now being held at HMP Leeds, a male prison, the court heard
It then came to light that the trail of misery wrought by White extended back to 2003, when he was still living as a man.
White, then known as Stephen Wood, had offered to help decorate a flat belonging to the wife of a friend.
While in the flat, White secretly spiked the woman’s drink with vodka until she passed out, then raped her.
The victim told the court in a statement the attack had ruined her life and her husband had not believed her.
In a statement to the court she said: ‘I have no relationships with anyone. I felt very dirty as a woman. I became very depressed.
‘Even now 15 years on I still struggle with mental health and suffer horrendous flashbacks. Until 15 years ago I was a strong woman.’
White also violently raped another woman in 2016, after they met at a psychiatric unit in West Yorkshire.
Mr Dunn said it left his victim ‘vulnerable, demotivated, demoralised and terrorised’.
In a victim impact statement she said she had tried to take her own life and was worried she cannot have children due to the ‘internal damage’ from the rapes.