CPS Schools Project: The Erasure Of Sex And The Silencing Of Girls

The Crown Prosecution Service has devised lesson plans for pupils aged 11-16 to teach them awareness of hate crimes towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pupils. The CPS Schools Project is a free educational resource pack developed with the help of Gendered Intelligence, Stonewall and the Ministry of Justice and includes dramatised scenarios, a power point […]

Gender Identity And The Rights Of The Child

On February 24th the Gender Identity (Protected Characteristic) Bill 2016-17 is expected to have its second reading debate in the House of Commons. The purpose of the Bill is “to make gender identity a protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010 in place of gender reassignment and to make associated provision for transgender and other persons; […]

Transgender Kids – Who Knows Best?

The documentary Transgender Kids – Who Knows Best? broadcast on BBC2 on Thursday night, January 12, was a long overdue presentation of an important debate which needs to be heard in public. (It can be viewed here on BBC iplayer, or here if you’re not in the UK.) Previous media coverage of “trans kids” (BBC’s output […]

The Role Of Counsellors And Therapists

One of the biggest concerns of parents who contact this site is the difficulty in finding counsellors or therapists who will not just jump to affirm their child’s “preferred gender” but take the time to support a young person in exploring the issues which led to a cross-sex identification in the first place. We went […]

An Alternative Science Museum Exhibit: Boy Or Girl?

This image is from a display entitled ‘Boy or Girl?’ at the Science Museum, London, as part of the ‘Who Am I?’ exhibit in the Wellcome Trust wing. We have written to the Science Museum at info@sciencemuseum.ac.uk to express our concerns about what this exhibit teaches children; you can find a template letter here, please […]

UK Schools: Trans-Compulsory, Homophobia Optional?

Two schools stories were published last week on consecutive days, one from a gay teacher in, presumably, a state secondary school and the other reporting on new guidelines for the treatment of transgender pupils at boarding schools. On July 16 the Guardian Teacher Network, as part of their Secret Teacher series, published a piece entitled […]

Girls’ Schools Association: Stop Saying “Girls”

This week newspapers published a report that “leading headmistresses” have suggested that teachers at girls’ schools should consider using gender neutral language such as “pupils” or “students” in place of “girls” in their assemblies. Their recommendation came after Gendered Intelligence, a transgender activist group which runs “trans awareness training” sessions in schools, was invited to […]

Mermaids CEO Reveals Her Views

Mermaids is a registered charity and the UK’s main support group for “gender variant young people” up to the age of 19, plus their families and the professionals involved in their care. Mermaids also provides resources and gives advice to schools, social services, local authorities, police forces, the NHS, Childline, Scouts and ‘many more.’ CEO […]

Introducing Teddy: New Trans Book For Kids

A new picture book for 0 – 5 year-olds is published by Bloomsbury tomorrow (June 2nd) ‘Introducing Teddy – A Story About Being Yourself.’ On the back cover it is described as ‘A heart-warming story about friendship and acceptance, starring a very brave teddy.’ The blurb on the Bloomsbury website explains the underlying educational aim of […]

Why Brighton Council Is Wrong

Brighton Council defended its “choose your gender” school registration form last week in terms which revealed their complete misunderstanding of parents’ concerns and provided some insight into the confused thinking behind these policies. In this statement, for example, Councillor Emma Daniel, Head of Brighton Council Equalities Committee, completely misses the point: “We will review this to see […]