Debbie Hayton

Harry Potter and the strange absence of J.K. Rowling

3 January 2022 8:19 pm

Harry Potter returned to Hogwarts this weekend for a 20th anniversary special. He was joined in the Gryffindor common room…

Stonewall's annus horribilis

28 December 2021 9:39 pm

The year 2021 has been an annus horribilis for Stonewall. For much of the last decade, the charity could do no…

Why is Quidditch snitching on JK Rowling over trans rights?

21 December 2021 12:46 am

To those of us who know Quidditch from the fantasy world of the Harry Potter books, the idea of grown-ups…

JK Rowling is right to call out Police Scotland's transgender nonsense

14 December 2021 2:57 am

How should police record a rape where the culprit has male genitalia? The answer might appear to be straightforward: a…

Eddie Redmayne shouldn't regret playing a trans character

22 November 2021 11:46 pm

Eddie Redmayne was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in The Danish Girl, but now he is having second thoughts…

The Olympics’ shameful transgender cop out

19 November 2021 7:29 am

The International Olympic Committee have just released a new framework for transgender and intersex inclusion in sports. The old Olympic…

Why is Mermaids promoting breast binding at events for young people?

5 November 2021 10:03 pm

Mermaids is arguably the most influential charity focusing on transgender rights in the UK. It claims to have been supporting…

Cambridge's transgender TERF wars have gone too far

14 October 2021 8:45 pm

What is a witch? How do we spot witches? And how might we drum up the courage to talk to…

No, Keir, trans women like me do not have cervixes

27 September 2021 7:05 pm

Andrew Marr’s question was simple and straightforward, ‘[Is] someone who thinks that only women have a cervix welcome in the…

Are children capable of making life-changing decisions?

18 September 2021 9:05 am

Keira Bell is a name that will be remembered. Like Victoria Gillick before her, she argued in the High Court…

Rosie Duffield’s treatment brings shame on the Labour party

12 September 2021 4:41 pm

News that Rosie Duffield will be missing the Labour Party conference over threats to her personal security brings to a…

Scotland's census sex muddle is bad news for transgender people

3 September 2021 4:42 am

What is your sex? It is a simple question and one that we can all surely answer. When it comes…

Scotland’s new transgender guidance is a safeguarding nightmare

15 August 2021 9:03 am

On Thursday, teachers planning residential trips were told that it was just fine for teenagers of the opposite sex to…

Was this volunteer cancelled by Childline for his views on gender?

4 August 2021 6:50 am

When Liz Truss confirmed that the government was committing itself to banning LGBT conversion therapy, there was some bemusement: is the…

The hounding of Rosie Duffield

28 July 2021 9:13 am

I grew up in 1980s County Durham; it felt at the time like a People’s Democratic Republic. When the miners…

Jess Phillips and the assault on biology

18 July 2021 6:35 pm

Jess Phillips thinks that transwomen — like me — are not female, but we should be treated as women. She…

Does the Green party care more about trans rights than the environment?

15 July 2021 7:30 pm

Our planet is in a mess. Ice caps are melting and the glaciers are retreating. This summer in Canada, the…

New Zealand's transgender debate is turning nasty

14 July 2021 7:25 pm

New Zealand was the first country in the world to give women the right to vote in parliamentary elections. But now,…

New Zealand’s worrying battle over transgender rights

4 July 2021 11:00 am

Last year, the equalities minister Liz Truss set aside laws which would have allowed people to self-identity as the legal…

Stonewall’s worrying school guidance

21 June 2021 6:36 am

Stonewall’s ‘Diversity Champions’ programme appears to have been haemorrhaging members since an investigationby the university of Essex found that the…

Maya Forstater’s win is a victory for rational thinking

10 June 2021 9:03 pm

At her employment tribunal, two years ago, Maya Forstater was toldthat her views ‘were not worthy of respect in a…

What Dawn Butler gets wrong about Stonewall

3 June 2021 7:30 am

It’s been a bad night for Stonewall. Yesterday, the Labour MP Dawn Butler created a Twitter Poll. ‘Who do you…

Are 'controversial stickers' really a matter for the police?

25 May 2021 11:24 pm

Has Police Scotland misunderstood the purpose of policing? A recent crackdown on ‘controversial stickers’ appears to suggest as much. ‘On Monday…

Trans offenders are skewing crime statistics

20 May 2021 8:07 pm

Tonia Antoniazzi’s speech in the House of Commons this week was remarkable, not because of what she said – the…

Caitlyn Jenner is right about transgender athletes and women’s sports

3 May 2021 4:00 pm

Caitlyn Jenner – gold medallist in the men’s decathlon at the 1976 Montreal Olympics – is now in the running…