BBC trans row over Brain of Britain final after presenter hails it as an ‘all-woman’ first 

BBC trans row over Brain of Britain final after presenter hails it as an ‘all-woman’ first

  • Radio 4’s Russell Davies said it was ‘all-women’ first for Brain of Britain decider
  • On Women’s Hour presenter Emma Barnett described it as a ‘historic’ occasion
  • But some listeners took issue with the fact one of the finalists is a trans woman

The BBC promoted an ‘all-women final’ in a quiz contest where one of the contestants was transgender.

Radio 4’s Russell Davies said it was ‘all-women’ first for the 69th Brain of Britain decider on Monday.

And on Women’s Hour yesterday presenter Emma Barnett described it as a ‘historic’ occasion. But some listeners took issue with the fact that one of the finalists – Emma Laslett – is a trans woman

One wrote: ‘If four trans women turned up you’d still claim it was an all-woman final and a great achievement for women. How utterly ridiculous.’

On Women’s Hour yesterday presenter Emma Barnett (pictured) described it as a ‘historic’ occasion

On Women’s Hour yesterday presenter Emma Barnett (pictured) described it as a ‘historic’ occasion

Another tweeted: ‘Don’t want to be churlish but this was not a 100 per cent female line-up.’

Maya Forstater, of campaign group Sex Matters, said: ‘The sad thing is that whenever the first Brain of Britain contest with four female contestants really does happen it will go unremarked.’

But Twitter user Rubin Remus said: ‘Instead of enjoying Brain of Britain like a normal listener, [other Twitter users] complain about them not misgendering a trans woman.’

A BBC spokesman did not respond to a request for comment. Miss Laslett is a charity worker from Milton Keynes.

Maya Forstater, of campaign group Sex Matters (pictured above) said: ‘The sad thing is that whenever the first Brain of Britain contest with four female contestants really does happen it will go unremarked'

Maya Forstater, of campaign group Sex Matters (pictured above) said: ‘The sad thing is that whenever the first Brain of Britain contest with four female contestants really does happen it will go unremarked’

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