I first and foremost came to this as a matter of conscience. I cannot go along with the lie that it is possible to change sex. This was the starting point for a much deeper understanding of the issues that followed. Now I understand the question of transgenderism as much more complex.
There are many reasons for gender dysphoria and many treatments but I am mostly concerned with the effect it has on women and girls. Issues of consent privacy safety and boundaries. The other issue for me is the teaching of gender identity in schools. This is my main area of work.
I want to stop children being told that they could have been born in the wrong body and stop them being taught a version of queer theory.
I write for a well known website.
Shelley Charlesworth , Former BBC journalist who believes in evidence and open debate about transgender issues