By Anugrah Kumar,
The Scottish government has issued new LGBT inclusivity guidelines advising schools to allow children, including those as young as 4, to change their name and gender identity without their parents’ consent, claiming that it’s possible to “come out” as transgender “at any age.”
The 70-page document published this week orders teachers to address students by their desired pronouns, should they choose to identify as the opposite sex, The Telegraph reported, adding that it calls for posters challenging “gender stereotypes” to be displayed in classrooms.
The document claims that trans-identified individuals “may come out at any age” and advises teachers not to tell students that it’s “just a phase” if they say they’re transgender, according to The Times.
“Teachers should respect a young person’s wishes and use the name/pronoun they have asked to be used,” it reads. “If a young person comes out to you, it’s also important not to deny their identity, or overly question their understanding of their gender identity.”
LGBT advocacy groups that helped the government draw up the guidance included Stonewall, which has received over $4 million (£3 million) of U.K. taxpayers’ dollars in the past three years, according to The Christian Institute. Stonewall celebrated the guidelines, claiming they will help children “thrive.”
Many conservative groups have warned against the “dangerous ideology” the document is based on.
“It shows a failure in safeguarding and a removal of parental rights,” Marion Calder, co-director of the For Women Scotland campaign group, was quoted as saying. “It used to be commonly understood that children should be able to play and experiment with gender roles, with clothing, their likes and dislikes.”
Calder continued: “Those children are now being encouraged on to a medical pathway, potentially for the rest of their lives. We should not be teaching children, and especially primary school children, that you can change sex, because you cannot change sex.”
The guidelines also recommend a list of books for primary schools to promote “trans inclusivity.”