UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson weighed in on the transgender debate this week, stressing to Parliament that the topic needs to be handled with extreme sensitivity but the basic facts of biology are “overwhelmingly important.”
According to the New York Post, “Johnson, 57, called it an issue that “requires extreme sensitivity, tact, love and care.”
“We must recognize that when people want to make a transition in their lives, that they should be treated with the maximum possible generosity and respect,” he said.
“But I do want to say in addition that I think when it comes to distinguishing between a man and a woman, that the basic facts of biology remain overwhelmingly important.”
“Groups campaigning for women’s sex-based rights welcomed Johnson’s remarks, the Guardian noted, with Fair Play For Women celebrating the prime minister’s ‘clear commonsense answer,'” the Post reports.
“Kai O’Doherty, head of policy and research at transgender youth charity Mermaids, stressed that people should ‘not attach so much weight to biology when discussing trans matters’ — while praising Johnson’s compassion in his remarks.”