Well, well. They may have plenty of letters after their names, but sometimes you do have to wonder about their thought processes! Those (seemingly not so enlightened) people at the Royal College of Psychiatry have had to cancel a meeting titled ‘Transgender: Time To Change’.
Now, this may be due to poor ticket sales, as they claim, or may be to do with the outrage voiced by, and proposed demonstration organised by, trans* people that was to happen if it went ahead.
With an amazing lack of insight, the Royal College of Psychiatry were going to hold a meeting that was, to quote them:
‘exploring the most recent academic, clinical and contemporary thinking on transgender issues, for all people interested in this field.’
with speakers to include every transperson’s bete noir Julie Bindel!! Oh dear!
The Gender Identity Clinic at Charing Cross Hospital had decided to pull out of the meeting, having been aware of the disquiet Bindel’s appearance was causing in the trans* community. Let’s hope the next time the R.C.P decide to talk about transfolk, they actually engage with us first.