LGBT activists have branded concerned parents “small-minded bigots” after Warwickshire County Council withdrew misleading guidance on transgenderism.
Issued in 2018 to 300 schools, the ‘Trans Inclusion Toolkit for Schools’ advised schools to allow transgender pupils to use the toilets, changing rooms and dormitories of their choice.
The Council said its decision was taken “in line with government guidance”, but Warwickshire Pride is calling for the programme to be reinstated.
It released a statement branding worried parents “bigots” and claimed their concerns are “rooted in transphobia”.
Daniel Browne, Chairman of the organisation, said the trustees chose their words deliberately when formulating the statement, saying: “We want to educate people but a bigot is a bigot.”
He also accused anyone who does not actively affirm young people in their ‘transgender identity’ as putting them at risk of suicide.
The controversial toolkit claimed that boys who identify as girls should be permitted to “sleep where they feel most comfortable” and “use the toilet you want to use”.
It was initially withdrawn last summer following legal action supported by the Safe Schools Alliance.
A judge gave permission for a full judicial review because of well-founded concerns that the advice could lead to schools breaching their legal duties, and it has now been formally suspended and placed under review.
Local mother Tessa McInnes said: “The equal rights of girls are simply discounted and disregarded in this guidance. If they express any discomfort about a male coming into their spaces, the girl is presented as transphobic and told to go and change somewhere else. It’s outrageous and defies the Equality Act 2010.”
Warwickshire’s All About Me materials encouraged masturbation and included “gratuitously graphic” sexual images. It also promoted radical gender ideology, yet made no reference to marriage – contrary to national requirements.
After being approached by worried parents, The Christian Institute warned the Council that the programme put schools at risk of breaching their legal obligations, and Warwickshire later dropped the guidance “with immediate effect”.
A spokesman for The Christian Institute said that parents were “right to be concerned” about the material, pointing out that some of it was “inappropriate for young children and did not comply with the law on Relationships and Sex Education”.