Scot education event to go ahead after concerns over trans activists

An event discussing the harm of pushing transgender ideology in Scottish schools is set to go ahead, despite fears trans activists would protest against it.

‘Are schools harming children by affirming their transgender ‘identity’?’, organised by the Scottish Union for Education, was first cancelled over ‘safeguarding concerns’ when the church originally slated to host understood that trans activists may protest against the event.

The council-owned Macmanus Gallery then pulled out because it deemed the event political, but the Gate Church in Dundee later agreed to be the venue instead as it believed people should be able to freely meet to discuss the controversial issue.


The event is set to feature discussion of the issue by former SNP Deputy Leader Jim Sillars, retired Community Paediatrician Dr Jenny Cunningham and sociologist and criminologist Dr Stuart Waiton.

Waiton expressed his thanks to the Gate Church for hosting the event in a “climate where trans activists can disrupt and potentially destroy public events of this kind and get away with it”, while “councils are often nervous or even obstructive” when such events are being organised.

He said: “Schools are being pressurised to adopt a gender fluid and pro-transitioning perspective. Even primary schools are advised to educate young children about gender identities”, while parents who raise concerns can be seen as “a child protection concern”.

He said the discussion would consider what teachers and headteachers can and should do, as well as what parents who are concerned about this trend can do about it.

Cancel culture

Last year, an education conference highlighting the indoctrination of children in Scottish schools went ahead despite attempts by LGBT activists to shut down the event.

‘Education not indoctrination’, organised by campaign group Hands Up Scotland, invited discussion from academics, parents and teachers on the pressure to shut down debate on issues in schools, including the promotion of LGBT ideology and the sexualisation of children through sex education.

But just days before the conference, it had to be relocated to The Tron Church, Glasgow. Agile City, the operators for the original venue, Civic House, said its staff refused to work at the conference, claiming it ‘opposed their values and made them feel unsafe’.

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