Starbucks has come under fire for launching a “woke” campaign to raise £100,000 for a controversial transgender charity in the UK.
Every time a customer buys a “Mermaid” biscuit at the counter, the US coffee chain will donate 50p to the British charity of the same name.
But last night, critics said that the Starbucks cookie sale would swell the coffers of a charity they claim wants to push teens into transgender treatment too early – with life-changing consequences.
Mermaids was set up by Susie Green, who took her son Jack – now Jackie – to Thailand for sex-change surgery at 16, because the NHS would not operate on someone so young.
The charity advises Government agencies, schools, the police, and social workers. But critics say its advice is not objective, because it is run largely by parents with a transgender child.
Mermaids has argued the NHS should drop its ban on giving “cross-sex” hormones such as testosterone and oestrogen to children under 16.
One of its representatives was even recorded just over a year ago telling teachers at an event in Birmingham that children as young as 12 should be given “puberty blocking” drugs if they want them.
Injections of these powerful drugs are the first step in the transition process, halting physical development and making gender reassignment surgery easier. However, scientists fear they could affect brain development and weaken bones.
Stephanie Davies-Arai, of parent group Transgender Trend, said of the Starbucks campaign: “Customers will not be aware they are supporting a charity which thinks it’s fine to tell children who – for a wide variety of reasons – don’t feel comfortable in themselves, that it might be because their body is ‘wrong’ and in need of medical fixing.”
This is not a fun world of rainbows and mermaids. It is a world of puberty blockers, experimental hormones and sterilisation of children who face a life on medication.
The Starbucks cookie sale is part of its campaign to” support the trans community.”
However, a spokesperson for Starbucks said: “As part of this campaign we saw an opportunity to leverage our scale to help leading LGBT+ charity Mermaids fund its helpline service, to accommodate transgender young people and their parents seeking support during what is often a confusing and challenging time for families.”
Mermaids estimates that between April 2019 – March 2020 over 11,000 people will have reached out to its helpline and the funding from Starbucks will enable the team to employ an additional Helpline Operator to help meet this demand.
[Editor’s comment: The sad thing is, many who purchase this cookie will not know the money is going to mutilate and disfigure children who are not old enough to make this decision on their own.]
[Editor’s note: this article was originally written by Stephen Adams and appeared in The Daily Mail, title changed by Pulpit & Pen.]