Sadiq Khan has marked LGBT History Month with a post on social media showing support for transgender and non-binary people.
The Mayor of London tweeted: “Trans women are women. Trans men are men. Non-binary people are non-binary. All gender identities are valid.”
The post, which had almost 30,000 likes as of this morning, also triggered some debate, with Mr Khan receiving both praise and criticism among the 8,000 responses.
One twitter user applauded the Labour Mayor for emphasising “inclusion and acceptability”, and another said: “As a straight white male, I agree.
“It may be foreign to me. But if I start with acceptance and compassion, I can see others can have different experiences that validate them. Live and let live.”
However, transgender physics teacher criticised Mr Khan for “reciting dogma”.
She responded: “Sir you are the Mayor of London. This is the truth: Transwomen are male; Women are female; Male is not female; Transwomen are NOT women.
“I am telling you this as a transwoman. Rather than reciting dogma, please improve services for trans people.”
TalkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer also disagreed with Mr Khan, writing: “Being a woman is not a state of mind or a feeling on a rainy Wednesday morning.”
Meanwhile, another user told the Mayor to “Do. Your. Day. Job.”
The discussion comes just days after a high court ruled last week that police action over alleged transphobic tweet had unlawfully interfered with the accused’s freedom of expression.
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