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Backlash grows against school transgender agenda

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FINALLY a political party has rejected woke to tackle the subject of widespread transgender indoctrination in our schools. Until now, the Conservative MP Miriam Cates, a genetics graduate and former biology teacher, has been a lone, baffled voice in her party, unable to fathom why it is increasingly taboo to assert that only women can give birth or that every single cell in our bodies contains our sex chromosomes – for ever.

These facts cannot be disputed or erased, however often we are told that our genitals do not define our gender identity. The mission creep is slowly but surely spreading through the nation as shown by a recent poll commissioned by the Bad Law Project (BLP) and the independent Reclaim party. Only 55 per cent of 2,064 parents interviewed felt that school was not the right environment to discuss irreversible, life-changing transgender decisions. It was heartening that only nine per cent of parents were convinced that children could be born in the wrong body but 38 per cent said they believed it could happen, albeit infrequently. Fewer than a third, 30 per cent, believed it could not happen at all. Parental complacency was illustrated by the fact that only 61 per cent of parents said schools should inform them if their child wanted to change gender. This is staggering. When do parents want to know? After their daughter’s breasts have been removed or their son begins growing them?

Buck Angel, a woman who has lived as a man for 30 years, is appalled and dismayed at the education system embracing transgenderism. In a recent interview with Dr Ahmad Malik, commenting on the increased use of puberty blockers in children, (prescriptions in the US more than doubled in five years and surgeries on children have increased 13-fold) he said: ‘How do you know if you’re trans, or transexual, if you don’t go through puberty? It doesn’t make any sense. This was always about adults, not about children. It was always an experiment that started 30 years ago. This is not a space for a child.’

Dr Anna Loutfi, head of legal at BLP, claimed that Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) lessons may be illegal and has announced that BLP plan to launch legal proceedings against the Department for Education (DfE) over the content of RSE and Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE) lessons. Dr Loutfi said: ‘None of us have any say what goes on in PSHE lessons. None of us have any idea what is taught in PSHE.’

Dr Loutfi describes the curriculum as child abuse, ‘mental, physical, and sexual, child exploitation and child indoctrination’, and is preparing the legal case to expose it. She added: ‘It is against laws that exist to protect children and uphold the child’s and parents’ right to a family life; protected under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. It is our case that it is just not poorly taught or badly overseen or misguided or in need of revision or reform, it is unlawful and possibly criminal, and it must be abolished. Families have a legal jurisdiction over their children and no amount of wordplay about LBGTQIA+ rights change that legal jurisdiction.’

Dr Loutfi is adamant that the lessons she has seen are over-sexualised and deliberately titillating. She said: ‘The promotion of gender identity and social and medical transitioning in schools is unlawful. It is political indoctrination, in breach of the Education Act. It is a violation of basic safeguarding. 

‘Finally, there is the question of sexual exploitation. PSHE providers are increasingly obsessed with engaging schoolchildren in discussions about sexual arousal, sexual stimulation, sexual pleasure, touching and being touched. They are showing kids graphic sexual images that are designed clearly to excite and titillate.

‘The Bad Law Project is currently engaged in consultations with criminal legal specialists as to whether some of these materials meet the NSPCC’s definition of non-contact child sex abuse and whether PSHE lessons as taught may be criminal offences under the Sexual Offences Act 2003.’

TCW first sounded the alarm in 2017 after Justine Greening, then the Conservatives’ Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities, proposed that gender could be legally changed without any medical diagnosis. This was criticised as gender ideology being pushed by lobbyists with financial interests. At the time, the Christian Institute’s Simon Calvert said: ‘Allowing men to self-identify as female without any medical diagnosis allows them to invade the privacy of women and girls.’

Last year, TCW reported on the case of Nigel and Sally Rowe, parents who raised concerns after their son’s Church of England primary school allowed two six-year-old boys to identify as girls. How many of us at that age wanted to see what it was like to behave like the opposite sex? It did not mean that we wanted to change sex, it meant that we were learning.

The church ignored the Rowes, but they fought to be heard. It took five years and the threat of a full High Court hearing, but the DfE agreed to reform their guidance on gender issues. That reform has still to materialise.

While all of us have sympathy with those who genuinely feel that they are in the wrong body, we balk at it being suggested to children as an option. Currently, our MPs do not agree. Former Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen, who has joined Reclaim, raised the issue in the House of Commons in June and asked for leave to introduce a Bill to prohibit the promotion of social transition practices in schools. He was voted down by 40 to 34, and Labour MP Ben Bradshaw went on the attack. He said: ‘We felt it was important to send a message to LGBT people and their families that this nasty Bill does not represent the views of Parliament.’

What is being taught in schools on this issue, however, is a grey area with lessons on sex, relationships, sexual orientation and gender dysphoria being produced by outside organisations including the charities Stonewall, the Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES) and the Sex Education Forum. 

BLP and Reclaim Education intend to build momentum as part of a campaign to abolish PSHE altogether in schools. They describe it as the primary vehicle in which the third sector (charities and non-governmental organisations) prey on young people in the manner of a religious cult, while Education Secretary Gillian Keegan is preparing new guidance expected to back pupils transitioning by changing pronouns at school with parents’ consent.

In a 68-page framework issued in 2010, entitled Standards for Sexuality Education in Europe, the World Health Organization advised that children aged up to four should learn about masturbation. Many parents feel this is unacceptable and that it is the parents’ duty to inform their children about sex and relationships in the way they see fit. TCW reported in depth on this here and here.

It emerged in June that 12-year-olds are being taught about anal sex in school while nine-year-olds are told to masturbate for homework. One parent is dealing with the fallout after her daughter with autism spectrum disorder was encouraged to become a boy and adopt different pronouns at school without her consent and against recommendations of her daughter’s therapist. The mother has suffered symptoms of trauma, including suicidal thoughts, since her daughter left the family home. She said: ‘I feel like my daughter is dead, but I don’t know where her grave is.’

Laurence Fox, leader of the Reclaim party, accessed his son’s PSHE and RSE lessons after being told by the child that he had to ask his permission for a hug. Fox said: ‘I was horrified at the absolute insanity of what our children are being taught in schools. At the same time as they’re being taught that female genital mutilation is dreadful, and it is, they’re being taught that children can be born in the wrong body.’

You can see the full study here.

A spokesperson for Stonewall said: ‘All sex education taught in schools should be inclusive of LGBTQ+ children and young people in line with DfE guidance.’

The Department for Education did not comment.

There is a crowd-funder at democracythree.org to raise funds to fight the case.

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Sally Beck
Sally Beck
Sally Beck is a freelance journalist with 30 years of experience in writing for national newspapers and magazines. She has reported on vaccines since the controversy began with the MMR in 1998.

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