Veteran broadcaster says BBC is too sympathetic on transgender issues

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John Humphrys CREDIT: RII SCHROER

John Humphrys, a veteran broadcaster, accused BBC for being too sympathetic towards transgender issues and stated, “I believe we are born men and women” at the Cheltenham Literature Festival.

The 76 year old said, “If you take something like transgender, the [BBC bosses] mindset is such that we must kind of accept what the prevailing view is, except that their idea of the prevailing view and perhaps mine and some other people’s might be slightly different.”

The veteran broadcaster who left the Today programme this month also added, “I happen to believe, personally, that there are not an unlimited number of genders. I believe we are born men and women. I also believe there are people… who are born into the wrong body and they must be helped, obviously.”

He further added, “However, I feel slightly worried when large numbers of children, I emphasize children, are being told you might be a girl or you think you might be a boy, we’ll go and get you medical attention.”

“I’m uneasy about that and I’m uneasy about children being told in schools there are more than 100 different genders and it’s possible for someone to change gender overnight.”

Humphrys was promoting his memoir at the festival after finally retiring from the Today programme.

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