NZ Herald 2 November 2015
Children as young as four are receiving lessons from transgender campaigners – including a man who revealed to primary school classes that he is a “trans man” and was “assigned female” at birth.
Thousands of UK pupils have had the controversial classes, in which they are encouraged to explore their gender identities and are questioned on what being a transsexual means, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.
Up to 20 primary schools a year pay for the classes, given by campaigners’ organisation Gendered Intelligence. Parents’ groups have reacted with concern that pupils may be ‘frightened’ by the workshops, while experts warned the lessons may confuse young children.
Gendered Intelligence has confirmed it teaches pupils of all ages in primary schools, from reception class – where children are aged four and five – up to Year Six, where pupils are aged 10 and 11. The workshops cost an undisclosed sum and have been available since 2008.
The Mail on Sunday has seen footage of Gendered Intelligence conducting workshops with primary classes, in a video available for teachers to hire at a cost of $45.
In one class, Year Six boys at a Newcastle primary school are asked to describe the ‘girlish’ things they like to do, while the girls say what ‘boyish’ pursuits they enjoy.