UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak during his address at the Conservative Party conference, firmly maintained his position on the gender debate, emphasizing that the UK should not be coerced into accepting the idea that individuals can freely choose their gender. His remarks ignited a contentious discussion on the internet.
At the Conservative Party conference, Rishi Sunak highlighted several significant proposals, including raising the legal smoking age in the country, implementing a program to double the count of nurses and doctors, and scrapping the HS2 rail line.
The speech that garnered the strongest response from the transgender community was when he asserted that an individual’s gender is inherently tied to being either a man or a woman.
He said “Patients should know when hospitals are talking about men or women, 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
”We are going to change this country and that means, life means life. That shouldn’t be a controversial position. The vast majority of hard-working people agree with it. It also shouldn’t be controversial for parents to know what their children are learning in school about relationships. Patients should know when hospitals are talking about men or women,”
"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" ~ UK PM Rishi Sunak. pic.twitter.com/mPZpEOEXuq
— Anshul Saxena (@AskAnshul) October 5, 2023
His speech did not resonate positively with transgender individuals, leading to a flurry of controversial remarks from the LGBTQ+ community.
A user said, “If a single trans person gets attacked or murdered after today then Rishi Sunak should be arrested and charged”.
Another commented, “Hate crimes against trans people in Wales rose by 43% from 2021 to 2022 People are not inherently hateful. The surge in hatred towards trans people is the consequence of hate fuelled politics driven by weak leaders like Rishi Sunak who stand for nothing”.
A third user, “In 1987, Thatcher was spewing horrific homophobia from the Tory pulpit. In 2023, @RishiSunak is attacking trans people in a very similar way. Now, most people see Thatcher’s speech for the hatemongering it was. Eventually, most people will view Sunak’s speech the same way”.
In April, Rishi Sunak gave an interview to Conservative Home about transgender rights, during which he explicitly stated that women does not possess male genitalia.
Additionally, the Health Secretary, Steve Bracely, has recently proposed a policy to prohibit the treatment of transgender women in the same hospital wards in England.