“I think in 20 or 30 years time we’ll look back of the transgender debate and particularly the business being done by the Tavistock clinic with children, as a grotesque form of child abuse”
Controversial left-wing columnist, Rod Liddle has spoken out about how he thinks in the future society will look back the current debate surrounding transgender rights with dismay.
Speaking on The Brendan O’Neil Show, Rod Liddle singled out the Tavistock Clinic in particular and claimed that in decades to come society will deem the work that they do as “a grotesque form of child abuse”.
The Tavistock Clinic is home to the largest and most established gender identity clinic (GIC) in the UK, dating back to 1966. According to the website, the clinic is a “multi-disciplinary administrative and clinical team, including psychologists, psychiatrists, endocrinologists and speech and language therapists”.
The clinic also runs a Gender Identity Develop Service (GIDS) which is for children and young people who “who experience difficulties in the development of their gender identity.”
Speaking on the podcast the columnist said, “I think in 20 or 30 years time we’ll look back of the transgender debate and particularly the business being done by the Tavistock clinic with children, as a grotesque form of child abuse”
Hate Crimes and Victim Culture
The show was titled called Hate Crimes and Victim Culture and Rod Liddle started talking about lesbian feminists who he said were angry with some aspects of the transgender debate.
In 2014 Liddle was criticised after making a “poor joke” about a Labour MP candidate, Emily Brothers, who is transgender and blind.
In a column, published by The Sun, Liddle wrote, “Thing is though… being blind, how did know she was the wrong sex?”
In a statement released shortly after, Liddle said, “I wish Emily the very best and I’d definitely vote for her if I lived in Sutton and Cheam.
“I am sorry for the poor joke!”