Why is Joe Biden taking trans advice from a TikTok star?

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The president seemed distraught during his interview with Dylan Mulvaney

by Debbie Hayton

A screenshot of Joe Biden’s interview with Dylan Mulvaney (L). Credit: NowThis

You may not have heard the name Dylan Mulvaney, but your kids may have heard it. This 25-year-old social media influencer has 8.4 million followers on ICT Tacand is currently documenting a transition to “daughter”.

On “Day 222 to be a girlMulvaney interviewed Joe Biden. Transgender identification apparently invokes a privilege that mere Muggles can only dream of, but that’s not my point. Mulvaney is on a mission.

The blatant pattern is self-centered rather than self-aware, but one of the targets is “trans kids.” In Mulvaney’s words, “I’m ready to step up and show that trans people aren’t going anywhere and that trans kids deserve a fighting chance to be themselves.”

On this side of the Atlantic, NHS England takes a rather different view from Mulvaney. Instead of encouraging transition, doctors in England are now Told take a “vigilant approach” to see how a young person’s conditions are changing. Very well. Yet Biden chooses to listen to a TikTok videographer who on “Day 74 of Being a Girl” dressed in skintight, revealing shorts and announced that “women can get bulges and it’s okay.”

The 79-year-old US president appears to have been captured. On camera, he said to Mulvaney: “I don’t think a state or anyone should have the right to [ban gender affirming healthcare].” He added: “You should have all solitary rights, including the use of your gender identity toilet.”

In the real world – that is, not TikTok – it presumably means that single-sex facilities should be provided not based on biological sex, but so-called gender identity. Those who advocate for women’s rights and the protection of children stand back in the United States when the president dismisses any concern with statements such as “People are afraid of what they don’t know”.

Well, Mr. Biden, I and many others know that. If you weaken safeguards, you will attract those looking for safeguard weaknesses. Of course. The problem seems to be that Biden knows none of this.

Those of us in the UK shouldn’t dismiss this as mere foreign news, something for the “only in America” ​​record. The UK-US Free Trade Agreement that we have heard so much about after Brexit is still being negotiated. With agreements come concessions. The Good Friday Agreement is one area where America seeks to influence British politics, but could trans rights be another? The United States-Canada-Mexico Trade Agreement names gender identity as a protected characteristic. It was inserted by Canada rather than the Trump administration, but that illustrates the problem. If the UK wants trade deals, should NHS England first reconsider its line on the medication of children who identify as transgender?

But TikTok already transcends our borders. If, like me, you are a middle-aged parent, then maybe you should know if your children are influenced by the same characters that influence Joe Biden.