A piece by Greg Hurst, Social Affairs Editor, in yesterday’s Times:
Teachers are being encouraged to tell primary school children that boys can have periods to avoid upsetting transgender pupils.
Advice on sex education lessons issued by a local authority states that teachers should discuss menstruation in a way that is inclusive of all genders.
The guidance, published by Brighton and Hove city council, on which Labour is the largest party with minority control, was criticised as sacrificing clear information for girls in favour of political correctness.
It states: “Trans boys and men and non-binary people may have periods.”
The guidance advises teachers that language used to talk about menstruation should be inclusive of all genders and that bins for tampons and other period products should be provided in male and female school lavatories.
Stephanie Davies-Arai, from the campaign group Transgender Trend, said: “This is deliberately misleading children about biological facts. The wider agenda here is the indoctrination of children into the belief that personal identity overrides biology, and we must ask why certain adults wish to confuse children by pretending that there is no distinction between the sexes.”
Brighton and Hove council defended its guidance, saying: “By encouraging effective education on menstruation and puberty, we hope to reduce stigma and ensure that no child or young person feels shame in asking for period products inside or outside of school if they need them. We believe that it’s important for all genders to be able to learn and talk about menstruation together.” It added: “Our approach recognises the fact that some people who have periods are trans or non-binary.”
Figures on the number of transgender people in the UK will be gathered for the first time in the next census, it emerged yesterday. The 2021 census questionnaire will ask participants aged 16 and older to state their gender identity, although this will be voluntary.
There will be another question about sexual orientation, although again answering this will be voluntary.
The Office for National Statistics had suggested that these questions should be compulsory, in line with a long-standing practice that the only voluntary question on the census questionnaire is one asking about religion.
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