About this site

Trans Crime UK collates media reports of crimes committed by transgender individuals in the UK; currently we are about halfway through publishing several hundred posts and have prioritised collating convictions of individuals from 2016 and 2017. We emphasize ‘individuals’ here, because we don’t think all males who identify as transgender are criminals in the same way as we don’t consider all men are criminals, despite the disparity in criminal convictions between men and women. The same disparity exists in the cases we’ve collected here; the overwhelming majority of offences have been committed by biological males.

We absolutely recognise that the majority of trans people live law-abiding lives and the individual crime reports documented on this site no more represent all trans people than Fred West or Harvey Weinstein represent all men. But crime is highly gendered, particularly sexual and violent offending, and some scientific studies indicate that a male pattern of criminality is retained among those males who transition to live as the opposite gender.

This is important for several reasons, including:

  • The Gender Identity (Protected Characteristic) Bill 2016-17 is currently before parliament and could have profound consequences for women in the UK, including enabling any man to self-identify as a transgender woman and access protections designed to redress abuse, inequality & discrimination suffered by women. A clear summary of the potential issues is available in these articles in The Times here and here [registration required or view image here], this website or this TV discussion. Efforts among women to discuss the Bill were physically attacked and/or sabotaged by trans activists in SeptemberOctober and November 2017 and January 2018. 
  • The British Association of Gender Identity Specialists submitted evidence to the Transgender Equality Inquiry on “the ever-increasing tide of referrals of patients in prison serving long or indeterminate sentences for serious sexual offences” and identified clear, worrying motivations for some male prisoners to transition; most alarming of which was a desire to make subsequent sexual offending very much easier. The Times recently reported that up to half of trans prisoners may be sex offenders, based on this study and the number of trans prisoners in England & Wales has increased by 80% in the past year.
  • Crimes perpetrated by males who identify as transgender are already being recorded and reported as being perpetrated by females. Given the asymmetry between male and female offending and the fact that crimes women rarely or cannot commit in the UK (such as rape) are being designated as ‘female’, there is huge potential for female crime statistics to be rendered meaningless if proposals to allow any man to self-identify as transgender are adopted. And how will any impact of self-declaration of gender be measured if we can’t reliably compare male and female offending before and after such a major change to the political, legal and societal classification of people?

If we cannot trust our criminal justice system and media to name crimes committed by male people against female people as male violence against women and girls, then sites like this are necessary and will remain necessary until fair and equitable solutions can be found that balance both women’s and transgender people’s rights. 

Acknowledgments

We wish to acknowledge that this site builds on work done by many women who have documented offending by male transgender individuals all over the world. You can access some of their work here: