We’ve got a really positive and inspiring story for you this week, one which I hope will encourage everyone to take some action when faced with ridiculous examples of gender identity politics such as the one above. This is a pupil registration form which was sent out from Brighton & Hove City Council to parents of 4-year-olds due to start school in September. The full message reads:
we recognise that not all children and young people identify with the gender they were assigned at birth, or may identify as a gender other than male or female. However, the current systems (set nationally) only record gender as male or female. Please support your child to choose the gender they most identify with or, if they have another gender identity, please leave this blank and discuss this with your child’s school.
Some Brighton mothers were not happy about this. One contacted a journalist at Brighton and Hove News who subsequently published the story and another wrote a brilliant response to the Council which was used as a quote in the article. Here’s a segment:
“A boy who does not fit into the ‘masculine’ category should not be encouraged to believe that his body is wrong, rather schools should be encouraging that child to broaden their view of what is masculine.
“It is okay for boys to like pink. It is OK for boys to like playing with dolls. It is OK (later) for boys to be gay. None of these things make that boy a girl.
“Children at school should be free to develop their identity, celebrate their achievements and accept their bodies. The little boy who wants to wear a dress should be allowed to do that without being pathologised, diagnosed, and treated.”
Do click on the link and read the whole quote, it is very good and makes the issue really clear for any parents who don’t realise the implications of the Council’s action.
A tweet of the Council form was picked up by the Sun newspaper who ran with the story as a front page headline the next day, and the same report also went out in the Telegraph. It was a great achievement for parents who don’t agree with the current “gender identity” doctrine to have a voice in the mainstream media which usually only celebrates the “brave” parents who do go along with it.
There were subsequently interviews on local station BBC Radio Sussex (listen here from about 36.00) national radio BBC 5Live (here from about 47.00) and Sky News (as well as Channel 4 News who did not broadcast it).
This was quick-thinking and fast action from parents working together which, combined with a large dose of luck and good timing, resulted in an amazing amount of coverage across the mainstream media. Brighton mothers, we salute you!