J eremy Clarkson, who it is reported has no experience of gender issues or formal gender studies education, has lashed out at calls for neutral Gender_neutral_Toilet-Signbathrooms in the House of Parliament. The former Top Gear presenter, who has a side-line in column writing for a national newspaper, criticises a report commissioned by the Speaker of the House John Bercow. When talking about the report, John said: “Unisex/gender neutral toilets should be provided. In respect of the latter, a US restaurant has succinctly explained why: ‘for single dads with daughters, single moms with sons, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, and adults with ageing parents who may be disabled’.”

However, Clarkson saw the move as a direct attempt by lawmakers to ‘detach themselves from reality’. He cited the lack of trans MPs as the main reason why the decision was a bad one, despite the fact the changes were also aimed as fathers of young children, of which there are many in the House. His response to this issue was “It’s all very well fighting for a man’s right to have babies. But where’s the foetus going to gestate? In a box?”

Clarkson has often found himself in the spotlight for homophobic and transphobic comments and Top Gear was more than once investigated for controversial remarks. There was outrage after Clarkson called a car ‘a bit gay’. Clarkson was sacked from the show last year after he punched a member of the production cast.

Natalie has been an LGBT journalist for 12 years and joined the Fyne team in 2001. Her interests outside of work are cycling, running and badminton. She is also studying for a degree in psychology.

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