A notorious BBC hit piece aimed at transgender women has exploded into an international scandal.
On October 26th, BBC journalist Caroline Lowbridge published a scathing article claiming that transgender women are pressuring lesbians into having sex. Instantly, the salacious piece was vehemently criticized, with countless members of the transgender community, allies and even other notable journalists pointing out that the piece was a one-sided smear campaign disguised as journalism. The backlash wasn’t unexpected, however, as the author deleted all of her social media accounts prior to its publication.
Now we understand why.
Caroline Lowbridge sought out a few high profile anti-trans extremists, including the leader of the hate group “Get The L Out,” Angela C. Wild, who infamously hijacked London Pride, “Forcing their way to the front of the Parade” carrying anti-trans banners and yelling derogatory, transphobic slurs from the street into the crowd of onlookers. Lowbridge also sourced a poll Wild had taken on her personal twitter where, of the 80 assumed women who already subscribe to anti-trans ideologies and responded, 56% claimed to have been “Pressured or coerced to accept a trans woman as a sexual partner.” It would be clear to any journalist that such a sampling from a small community with predetermined bias would fail to fetch any useful data. Lowbridge didn’t seem to care, and included it in her piece in an effort to crutch up her narrative that transgender women are, ultimately, rapists.
Although Lowbridge bemoaned the fact that she had trouble finding any trans people to speak with, she did find a few anonymous sources, a woman who claims to be transgender but is a staunch cheerleader for her own oppressors, and an adult film actress named Lily Cade.
Cade was spotlighted heavily in Lowbridge’s article, and stated that, through the course of her on-camera sex work, she had been asked to film a scene with another actress, but pulled out when she discovered she was transgender. Cade also claimed that, at a workshop she once attended called “”Overcoming the Cotton Ceiling: Breaking Down Sexual Barriers for Queer Trans Women," throughout the course, she saw trans women were essentially being coached into…