MP states 'trans men are not men and trans women are not women'
Tory MP Mark Jenkinson has argued that the 'trans debate' is setting women's rights back more than 40 years
A Conservative MP has stated that trans men are not men and trans women are not women, as the debate around gender identity rumbles on.
MPs debated a public petition on making non-binary a legally-recognised gender identity in the UK.
The petition, which calls on the Government to “make non-binary a legally recognised gender identity in the UK”, attracted more than 140,000 signatures from across the country.
It added that recognising non-binary as a “valid gender identity” could “aid in the protection of non-binary individuals against transphobic hate crimes, and would ease gender dysphoria experienced by non-binary people”.
Labour MP Luke Pollard revealed he would be supporting the petition, declaring it was about time non-binary people had their rights respected.
But Mark Jenkinson, MP for Workington, hit out at Mr Pollard's comments on trans men being men and trans women being women.
He wrote: "Trans men are not men, they’re trans men. Trans women are not women, they’re trans women; and being non-binary is a nonsense.
"You don’t get to opt out of nature. It’s not a debate, you’re right - we are not being kind by perpetuating this madness.
"This ‘debate’ sets equality rights back 40+ years.
"It reinforces gender stereotypes, erases women and is incredibly harmful to young gay men and lesbians. When we look back, the left will not be looked on kindly for perpetuating this."