The British prime minister is taking a much different approach to transgender issues than U.S. leaders do. Rishi Sunak slammed radical gender ideology during a speech on Wednesday, saying men cannot become women and a woman cannot become a man.
“Patients should know when hospitals are talking about men or women,” Sunak, a member of the Conservative Party, said. “And we shouldn’t get bullied into believing that people can be any sex they want to be. They can’t. A man is a man and a woman is a woman — that’s just common sense.”
During the same speech, Sunak said that parents should know what their children are being taught in schools. “It shouldn’t be controversial for parents to know what their children are being taught in school about relationships,” he said.
Some of Sunak’s fellow Conservative Party members have made moves to push back on gender ideology in recent weeks, with Health Secretary Steve Barclay announcing that men who identified as women would not be allowed as patients in female-only NHS wards.
The United Kingdom prime minister has faced criticism from leftist activists in the past for similar comments on biology after he was asked about Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer’s comment that some women could have penises. When asked in an interview if 100 percent of women do not have penises, Sunak responded, “Yes, of course.”
“We should always have compassion and understanding and tolerance for those who are thinking about changing their gender,” he said. “Of course we should,. But when it comes to these issues of protecting women’s rights, women’s spaces, I think the issue of biological sex is fundamentally important when we think about those questions.
“As a general operating principle for me, biological sex is vitally, fundamentally important in these questions. We can’t forget that.”
–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice