Bimini Bon-Boulash slams BBC for 'pushing anti-trans agenda'

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RuPaul's Drag Race UK star Bimini Bon-Boulash has slammed the BBC for publishing an article that they believe pushes "an anti-trans agenda".

The British version of RuPaul's drag queen celebration was recently renewed for a fourth season, but the second season's runner-up was in no mood for celebration due to the publication of a controversial article in which several lesbians claimed they had felt forced into sex with pre-operative transgender women.

Bimini, real name Thomas Hibbitts, tweeted: "Drag Race UK gets renewed for a fourth season (amazing!) by the BBC and in the same breath they are pushing an anti-trans agenda. This is unacceptable."

They then urged their followers to sign an open letter and complain to the BBC, before adding: "I am eternally grateful for the opportunities I have been given and the BBC played a huge part in that, especially as a working-class, GNC (gender non-conforming) person but I can't watch the media create a moral panic around an already incredibly vulnerable part of my community.

"I hope that the BBC can understand how alarming this article is and the damage it can and will do to further regress the steps made to live in a more open society. These are the same tactics that they used against homosexuals. History is repeating itself."

Bimini then posted the results of several studies about the violence transgender people experience, before concluding: "Let's get this clear. I don't condone ANY forms of violence. I have experienced multiple forms of violence and assault in my lifetime. I never reported it for fear that people wouldn't believe me. The media are ignoring the harrowing statistics of violence against trans people."

The article concerned was praised by some feminist figures for highlighting an issue that divides some LGBTQ+ campaigners - namely whether lesbians should consider transwomen as sexual partners - however, it has been heavily criticised and accused of promoting transphobia.

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