Times columnist Rod Liddle ‘identifies as young, black, trans chihuahua’

A black chihuahua and Rod Liddle

Rod Liddle has written that he is now “identifying as a young, black, trans chihuahua, and the truth can go whistle,” in an article attacking transgender people.

In his piece in The Sunday Times on November 11, Liddle lashed out at Rachel McKinnon, who made history last month by becoming the first transgender woman to win a world championship in cycling.

The writer, who in 2016 accused transgender people of “pretending to be something you aren’t,” wrote that McKinnon was “a man who decided to become a woman at the age of 29.”

Rod Liddle's column about transgender people

Rod Liddle’s column about transgender people (The Times)

He added that she was “winning women’s cycling races across America and Canada looking like Mr T from The A-Team (except not black).”

According to the columnist—who has also said that gay men’s use of lube during sex was “God’s way of telling you that what you’re about to do is unnatural and perverse”—McKinnon’s ability to become an elite athlete “presages an end to women’s sport.

“When you abolish truth and reality, as a consequence of wanting everybody to be happy, the whole shebang begins to unravel, the whole confected, deluded edifice,” continued Liddle, who also had a piece published in The Spectator on November 11 called “Why I’ve changed my name,” by Rod Mbunga Liddle.

McKinnon has already had to defend herself

McKinnon, a Canadian cyclist who is also an assistant professor in the department of philosophy at South Carolina’s College of Charleston, defended herself after her world championship win, writing: “I train 15-20hrs/week, twice/day 5-6 days/week.

Rod Liddle hit out at Rachel McKinnon, a transgender, record-breaking cyclist

Rachel McKinnon is a transgender, record-breaking cyclist (Rachel V McKinnon/Facebook)

“Yeah… I just jumped off the couch and won. Transphobic bigots, y’all.”

“There’s Rachel McKinnon, a man who decided to become a woman at the age of 29” – Rod Liddle

She also pointed out that transgender people were “disproportionately NOT GREAT at sport. We’re grossly underrepresented in elite sport.”

Liddle also took aim in his column at Tony Bark, a 30-year-old transgender man who hit the headlines last month for pretending to be a dog with his husband Andrew.

Rod Liddle said he was a black transgender chihuahua

Rod Liddle said he was a black transgender chihuahua (Flickr/Will Keightley)

He wrote that Tony’s harmless fondness for animal roleplay was “reasonably strong evidence of mental illness,” but added that it was “arguably less of an impingement than pretending he is a lady (or a man — I haven’t quite got to the bottom of Tony’s psychosis).”

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