In the UK, women who defend trans rights are subjected to sustained, vicious, misogynistic abuse that’s much more serious than a celebrity being called a bigot on Twitter; any trans person considering political office will receive even worse. So it’s hardly surprising that while Belgium has a trans Deputy Prime Minister, the UK has no openly trans MPs, MSPs or MEPs at all.
Of course, we did have a trans MEP. I – and others on that far right that would toss all those even vaguely different into the ovens – worked rather hard to get her elected as well. Nikki Sinclaire got stick for all sorts of things but as I recall no one was very worried, abusive about or even interested in her being trans. But then you know, Ukip, full of those – us – vicious little bigots.