This has been one of the most dispiriting elections I can remember; rather than voting for anything, a lot of people were voting against the Tories. And it was particularly dispiriting for LGBTQ+ people like me: of the seven candidates on my ballot paper, five of them were from parties who are a danger to trans people’s rights and healthcare – whether ideologically in the case of Alba and the tories, or cynically in the case of Labour. In the closing stages of the campaign, Keir Starmer and Wes Streeting both enthusiastically embraced transphobia in a very obvious attempt to woo the genital-obsessed weirdo vote.

What’s particularly saddening about it isn’t the betrayal, as bad as that is. It’s that it was completely unnecessary.

As in other countries where transphobia has been on the ballot, it proved last night to be a vote loser. Most elected transphobes are currently looking for new jobs; the few that remain saw a massive collapse in their share of the vote and their majorities.

Single-issue anti-trans extremists lost their deposits in every single constituency they stood in, with few even achieving the same share of the vote as Phin “Barmy Brunch” Adams of the Monster Raving Loony Party, a man with a baked beans mask on his head who promised to Make Brunch Great Again.

The extremists claim to be the voice of the majority. But the polls, and the votes, say otherwise. I really hope that of the lessons Labour will have learnt from last night, that is one of them.