I care because I see girls being told that there is something fundamentally wrong with them, at a time when they should be being encouraged to explore themselves and come to like and love themselves. What’s worse is that they are also being put on a path to unnecessary and hugely damaging medication and surgery. I also care because I believe the truth – and freedom to talk the truth – matters. I should not have to refer to a man as “she” or vice versa, any more than I should have to refer to a white person as black.
At the moment, I have not done much; I have discussed with friends and a few colleagues at work. I have refused to fill in diversity questionnaires because they ask what gender I was assigned at birth, without giving me the option to say that I was not assigned a gender at birth. I have written to the organiser explaining why I could not fill it in and asking that the questionnaire be amended to allow me to fill it in. I have contributed funds towards people taking legal action to prevent the medicalisation of children.
I have been deliberately low key about my views so far.