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Are transgender activists really “marginalised” in Ireland?

Of course, one of the classic hallmarks of Official Ireland is bewailing what an evil, bigoted kip Irish society is, without ever demonstrating that this is true (or even being asked to provide evidence for it).

And as some may have seen, the latest example of this came earlier today in an open letter published in the Irish Times, written by transgender activists.

The letter essentially amounts to one long complaint about Joe Duffy’s recent RTÉ Liveline segment, in which he committed the cardinal sin of allowing a public debate to take place on the issue of transgenderism.

And in fairness, you’d understand the outrage. God forbid the public should be allowed to discuss vital issues of national importance, like whether gender ideology has gone too far in areas like women’s sports, or letting biological males into women-only spaces like women’s shelters. Obviously it goes without saying that honest conversations on such matters are strictly forbidden.

The letter was co-signed by all the usual suspects in the NGO sector: TENI, LGBT Ireland, the Irish Council of Civil Liberties, National Women’s Council, Dublin Pride, Irish Network Against Racism, Amnesty International, and more, giving it a more weighty feel.

And the main crux of the complaint seems to hinge on one sentence in the first paragraph, where it’s claimed that trans activists in Ireland “have been marginalised, denied access to healthcare, and their voices are rarely heard in national discourse.”

But is this actually true? Let’s actually just stop for a moment and look at the reality of the situation.

It’s undeniable that the trans lobby has huge influence over virtually every powerful mainstream institution in modern society.

Basically every single political party in the Dáil has a section in their manifesto about transgender and non-binary issues.

INTO, the Irish teachers’ union, has a whole sub-group dedicated to advocating on behalf of transgender teachers, and advises teachers to refer to a child by whatever gender they identify as.

The HSE website refers to “women and people with a cervix” on its website – implying males can have cervixes as well.

The Irish College of GPs (ICGP) worked with TENI earlier this year to publish a report which initially claimed that transgender puberty blockers are reversible. After questioning from Gript’s Gary Kavanagh, they later removed this claim.

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The Gardaí paint their cruisers rainbow colours for pride month, and the Irish Defence Forces participate in the annual LGBT pride parade wearing rainbow sashes.

According to the Sunday Times, the Irish Business and Employers Confederation (IBEC) says that staff now routinely include their preferred gender pronouns when signing off emails, and that employees who object to using the same bathroom as opposite sex transgender colleagues require “training.”

The transgender lobby has the ear of the president, the government, the opposition, the EU, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, the mainstream media, the €6 billion a year NGO sector, the education system, academia, the health service and medical profession more broadly, most big corporations, celebrities and the arts, the police, the military, and more. For an entire month of the year we carpet bomb the country in pride flags which include the transgender colours, and we have schools holding competitions for which class can wear the best trans colours for no uniform day.

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In light of all this, one seriously has to ask: where is the marginalisation, exactly? Do you see it? Because I certainly don’t. I mean, let’s get real for a minute.

RTÉ allowed a perfectly reasonable debate on certain trans issues on their airwaves once, and they’ve since been metaphorically hanged, drawn and quartered in the court of public opinion. They are now going to be dragged before an Inquisition trial, a.k.a. an Oireachtas Committee meeting, to be grilled as to why they would dare to allow someone to question gender ideology for even a single second. Does that sound like a downtrodden group with no power to you?

It should have been a clue that Ireland wasn’t a country which marginalises trans people when the Gender Recognition Act – which is having huge implications for our society today – quietly passed into law back in 2015 with barely a debate or fuss. Most people probably don’t even remember it happening.

This is the same law that has led to multiple biologically male transgender prisoners with violent tendencies being put into women’s prisons because they identify as female. It’s an extremely radical piece of legislation. But it went through with almost no serious discussion or pushback because we are tolerant of gender ideology to a fault in this country.

It’s simply amazing that these claims of Ireland’s intolerance go completely unscrutinised by anyone in the larger newspapers, and how nobody will point out what a load of tripe it so obviously is.

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