Irish Twitter calls out Irish Times for publishing content "dangerous" to Trans people

The newspaper has been the subject of huge backlash due to certain articles and content on its opinion pages that are accused of containing "transphobic vitriol".

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Irish Twitter is alight today with both #IrishTimes and #TransRightsAreHumanRights trending in the wake of many, including LGBTQ+ community members, accusing the Irish Times of publishing content on letters and opinion pages that are “thinly veiled transphobia”.

A recently published opinion piece had a headline which read, “Bill to ban conversion therapy poses problems for therapists”. The subheading read, “Forcing sexual orientation shifts must be outlawed but gender identity needs focus.”

Only yesterday, the NXF had a letter published in the Irish Times which tackled these views. Signed by many community groups, the letter demanded an end to ‘conversion therapy’ and quoted Minister Roderic O’Gorman who stated “a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression is not up for debate”.

Others have also pointed out their shock at some of the views published on the opinions page including one from Jennifer Langan which talked about “the tendency of some trans-identifying men, specifically porn-addled autogynephiles, to belligerently out themselves as violent misogynists.”

A diverse range of community voices are sharing their outrage and concern on Twitter including Panti Bliss who told their social media followers their disgust over content that is “dangerous” to the Trans community.

Other community activists are taking a stand by unsubscribing from the Irish Times and stating their reasons using the #TransRightsAreHumanRights hashtag.

Trinity News has also shared they have “officially ended” their nine-year commercial partnership with the Irish Times, continuing they will no longer produce their print edition.

There is a worrying rise in anti-Trans rhetoric at home and abroad. This coupled with the dire lack of Trans healthcare in Ireland is having a hugely negative effect on Trans people’s physical and mental health – any platforming of views deemed as transphobic only adds to this. As one social media user shared, “transphobia cannot be tolerated”.

At the Oireachtas Sub Committee on mental health back in June, Éirénne Carroll, Chief Executive Officer of TENI shared, “Just three weeks ago I spent my afternoon with the Gardaí assessing my flat because of a death threat that was put in against me just for being visibly Trans and being an immigrant.”

The Irish Times has not yet not published a response to the comments made on social media.

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