It is, I’ll readily admit, a catch 22.
Engage with them and you’re giving the ‘debate’ oxygen.
Ignore them and the public at large only hear their vitriol.
That latter point is the decider. We cannot afford to allow their rhetoric to stand unopposed. For a start they’re talking crap. Their ‘points’ are nothing of the sort. And then there’s the awful thought experiment of thinking what it must be for a young closeted trans person seeing the venom out there right now.
When I grew up in the 70s and 80s trans men didn’t exist and trans women were victims, perps, or sick jokes. That was bad. But it’s still not as bad as the loud and proud transphobia we have right now. Especially here in the UK, where the basis is not religion, it’s radical feminism. That’s deeply problematic.
So, my intent is not to fan the flames, but some things cannot go unsaid, lest we let the haters have the platform unimpeded.