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Gareth Roberts vs. transgender people

Gareth Roberts is a gay British writer and anti-transgender activist.

Background

Gareth John Pritchard Roberts was born June 5, 1968. Roberts attended King Alfred’s College (now the University of Winchester) and Liverpool Polytechnic (now Liverpool John Moores University).

Roberts published the 1997 gay erotic novel The Velvet Web under the pseudonym Christopher Summerisle. Roberts wrote for British soap operas Brookside, Coronation Street, and Emmerdale. Roberts also wrote several books and episodes within the Doctor Who franchise and a number of sitcoms.

Anti-transgender activism

On September 3, 2017, Roberts posted to Twitter, “I ❤️ how trannies choose names like Munroe, Paris and Chelsea. It’s never Julie or Bev is it?” Later Roberts added, “It’s almost like a clueless gayboy’s idea of a glamorous lady. But of course it’s definitely not that.”

In 2019 Roberts was dropped from a Doctor Who project due to the 2017 comments and released a statement. Roberts described the 2017 tweets as “cheerful vulgarity” and laid out various “opinions on transgenderism”:

I don’t believe in gender identity. It is impossible for a person to change their biological sex. I don’t believe anybody is born in the wrong body.

I think it’s wrong to – write a falsehood into law; compel people by law to speak words they do not believe; rewrite the law to remove women’s biological sex-based rights and protections; reinforce gender stereotypes; medicalise children who don’t conform to gender stereotypes. That’s it.

Roberts then began litigating these anti-transgender views on UnHerd and other anti-trans platforms.

References

Gunz, Rafaella (September 17, 2017). Doctor Who writer Tweeted a transphobic comment and the internet is not having itGay Star News https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/doctor-writer-tweeted-transphobic-comment-internet-not/

Jusino, Teresa (September 5, 2017). Doctor Who Writer Gareth Roberts Talks Vile, Ignorant Trash About Trans WomenThe Mary Sue https://www.themarysue.com/doctor-who-writer-gareth-roberts-talks-vile-ignorant-trash-about-trans-women/

Farrow, Max (September 4, 2017). ‘Doctor Who’ Writer Gareth Roberts Tweets Controversial Comments Onlinegeeks.media https://geeks.media/doctor-who-writer-gareth-roberts-tweets-controversial-comments-online

Flood, Alison (June 5, 2019). Doctor Who anthology drops writer over transgender remarksThe Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/jun/05/doctor-who-anthology-writer-transgender-tweets-gareth-roberts

Selected writing by Roberts

Roberts, Gareth (May 19, 2022). After 12 long hours, I have been freed from Twitter prison. UnHerd https://unherd.com/thepost/after-12-long-hours-i-have-been-freed-from-twitter-jail/

Roberts, Gareth (October 27, 2021). Is the BBC finally standing up to gender ideologues? UnHerd https://unherd.com/thepost/is-the-bbc-finally-standing-up-to-gender-ideologues/

Roberts, Gareth (October 15, 2021). Stephen Nolan’s Stonewall documentary is unmissable. UnHerd https://unherd.com/thepost/stephen-nolans-stonewall-documentary-is-unmissable/

Roberts, Gareth (September 10, 2021). Judith Butler’s toxic nonsense. UnHerd https://unherd.com/2021/09/judith-butlers-toxic-nonsense/

Roberts, Gareth (August 13, 2021). The BBC erases homosexuality with the stroke of a pen. UnHerd https://unherd.com/thepost/the-bbc-erases-homosexuality-at-the-stroke-of-a-pen/

Roberts, Gareth (June 17, 2021). So you’ve been cancelled? Here’s what to expect. UnHerd https://unherd.com/thepost/so-youve-been-cancelled-heres-what-to-expect/

Roberts, Gareth (June 14, 2019). How I was cancelled by Doctor Who. UnHerd https://unherd.com/2019/06/how-dr-who-fans-became-its-overlords/

Roberts, Gareth (June 4, 2019). Statement on BBC Books and TransgenderismMedium [archive] https://web.archive.org/web/20190604101854/https://medium.com/@zmangareth/statement-on-bbc-books-and-transgenderism-dd7ad0c9231a

Resources

Twitter (twitter.com)

Spectator (spectator.co.uk)

Medium (medium.com)