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Downing Street strikes back in its latest ‘war on awakening’ and rolls back attempt to make laws gender neutral

They’re mothers, not pregnant people’: Downing Street fires back in its latest ‘war on awakening’ skirmish, nullifying attempt to make new gender-neutral laws

  • Issue 10 saw the Ministerial and Other Maternity Allowances Bill, designed for ministers on maternity leave, read ‘pregnant persons’ instead of women.
  • Gender language will be used for legislation that relates to men and women.
  • Harry Potter author JK Rowling, who has mocked gender-neutral phrases like “menstruating people,” has come under militant attack for her stance.

Downing Street won the latest skirmish in its ‘war against awakening’ by overturning an attempt to make the legislation gender neutral.

The dispute erupted over the Maternity and Ministerial Allowances Bill, designed to make provisions for Ministers on maternity leave, after No. 10 saw that it referred to ‘pregnant persons’ rather than women.

However, The Mail on Sunday can reveal that before receiving Royal Assent, the Bill was amended to replace gender-neutral nouns with gender names such as ‘mother’, and the Government has now issued new guidance to ensure that language is not repeated on future bills.

Legislation that relates to the different needs of men and women, such as the requirement for separate toilet facilities in schools for boys and girls, will be reviewed to ensure that gendered language is used. No 10 has come under increasing pressure from within the Tory Party to resist moves by pro-trans activists to impose gender-neutral rules.

Critics like Harry Potter author JK Rowling, who has derided gender-neutral phrases like “menstruating people,” have come under militant attack for their stance.

Downing Street won the latest skirmish in its 'war against awakening' by quashing an attempt to make the legislation gender-neutral over the ministerial maternity benefits bill dispute and others.  Critics like Harry Potter author JK Rowling (pictured), who has mocked gender-neutral phrases like

Downing Street won the latest skirmish in its ‘war against awakening’ by quashing an attempt to make the legislation gender-neutral over the ministerial maternity benefits bill dispute and others. Critics like Harry Potter author JK Rowling (pictured), who has mocked gender-neutral phrases like “menstruating people,” have come under militant attack for her stance.

A senior source said: “The government will ensure that sex-specific language continues to be used in drafting legislation where appropriate.

“This is crucial to ensure that women’s experiences are not erased and reflects ministers’ concerns that militant orientation has crept into the Civil Service as part of a political agenda to erase women and the concept of sex. biological”.

Peers raised concerns about the Ministerial Appropriations Bill and other maternity allowances in debates, with Tory Baroness Noakes condemning “increasing use of language that eliminates women”. People who challenge this in public are often labeled as transphobic.

She added: ‘There is no malice in wanting to uphold the biological facts of femininity and women’s lived experience, which includes menstruation, childbirth and menopause.

“That vision coexists happily with respect and concern for transgender people. I am proud of my own record on LGBT issues, both in the House of Honor and in the organizations I have been involved with, but I am not prepared to be erased as a woman.’

Labor Baroness Gale agreed, saying: “Given that only women can become pregnant and give birth, I see no reason why ‘woman’ shouldn’t be used.

Peers raised concerns about the ministerial allowances bill and other maternity allowances in debates, with Conservative Baroness Noakes (pictured) condemning an increasing use of language that eliminates women?  People who challenge this in public are often labeled as transphobic.

Peers raised concerns about the Maternity and Ministerial Appropriations Bill in debates, with Baroness Tory Noakes (pictured) condemning ‘increasing use of language that eliminates women’. People who challenge this in public are often labeled as transphobic.

“I believe in using gender-neutral language when it’s appropriate, but I don’t think it’s appropriate in this bill.”

Baroness Hayman, a member of the House of Representatives, said: “The price of so-called gender neutrality in this bill is an uncomfortable and ugly distortion of the English language and an affront to common sense.

“Far from fostering respect for language and recognition of diversity, to which I am fully committed, it risks disconcerting and alienating the public and harming the very causes advocated by passionate defenders of language.”

A government source said: ‘We want to see tolerance and respect for all, but women must not be erased or canceled from public discourse, including Parliament’s own Acts.

‘While the Government supports the desire to avoid stereotyping in positions of authority, gender-neutral language undermines women. Ministers are determined to push back against militants who insult and degrade women.”

Sainsbury’s trans T-shirt for children from three years

By Jake Ryan and Max Aitchison

Sainsbury’s is selling T-shirts emblazoned with a trans love heart for children up to three years old.

The supermarket has brought out a ‘Pride clothing range’ that includes a top, above, with the legend ‘you are you’ below an LGBT+ rainbow and a heart in the colors of the trans flag.

Critics last night questioned the suitability of the range, which is aimed at children aged three to 14, with one Twitter user saying: “Children should not be used as billboards for their parents’ activism.” Let them put fun colored dinosaurs, cars or butterflies on their clothes.

Sainsbury's is selling T-shirts adorned with a trans love heart for children up to three years old.

Sainsbury’s is selling T-shirts emblazoned with a trans love heart for children up to three years old.

Kate Barker, CEO of the LGB Alliance, which advocates for lesbian, gay and bisexual rights, said the range “promotes a harmful and misogynistic political ideology that neither the supermarket nor the children understand”.

But Sainsbury’s, which is a member of Stonewall’s controversial Diversity Champions scheme, said it was a popular range and proceeds from its sales were donated to Pride charities.

A spokesperson added: ‘We are an inclusive retailer and our range of Pride clothing is designed to celebrate and support the LGBT+ communities we serve.

“One of our designs this year features the colors of the trans flag in support of the trans community and Sparkle, our trans charity this year.”

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