The consequences of marriage redefinition, and how quickly they affect a society, were demonstrated last month in the UK when a school made headlines for consulting parents on whether or not to implement a gender-neutral uniform policy at the school.
The Guardian reports that the Highgate School, a private school in London, took the now-shocking step of asking parents before introducing gender ideology to their kids. The consultation included asking whether to offer boys and girls the choice of skirts or pants, unisex bathrooms, and addressing students as “pupils” instead of boys and girls:
“The independent Highgate school hit the headlines at the weekend for consulting parents on whether to introduce gender-neutral uniforms, allowing boys and girls to choose between skirts and trousers, along with other measures such as unisex toilets and addressing all students as “pupils” rather than boys or girls.”
Susie Green, of the gender-confusion charity Mermaids, remarked on the unusual step of actually talking to parents: “Lots of schools are doing it very quietly, very unobtrusively: they’re just getting on with it.
Still reeling from the effects of legalising same-sex marriage, the children in the UK are receiving heavy doses of gender-ideology, often from a very young age. Across the UK, many schools are preparing to adopt gender-neutral uniforms, according to the LGBTI charity Educate & Celebrate. Founder Dr Elly Barnes said 120 schools had signed up to its best-practice program, and gender-neutral policies were now in place across hundreds more. She told The Guardian:
“In our experience, primary schools are adopting [the programme] faster than secondary schools,” she said. “There doesn’t seem to be any type of school that’s more likely to take it up than any other, and no particular part of the country where there’s less or more take-up.”
Green pointed to research which indicated that 1% of the population experiences issues of gender identity. However, she failed to suggest a reason why the accommodation of 1% should have consequences for 100% of the population.
A Guardian study showed a dramatic uptick in people in the UK identifying as transgender, including 2,700 children or adolescents seeking medical treatment for gender identity issues.
A clinic in Nottingham reported a 28-fold increase in referrals in eight years, from 30 in 2008 to 850 in 2015. It expected this to increase to more than 1,000 referrals during 2016.
The Laurels clinic in Exeter has seen a 20-fold increase in referrals in a decade, from 31 in 2005-06 to 636 in 2015-16. Referrals to Sheffield’s clinic went up from from eight in 1998 to 301 in 2015, while a clinic in Daventry, Northamptonshire, has had a five-fold increase in the past year alone, up from 88 referrals in 2014-15 to 466 in 2015-16.
At a GIC in Leeds, referrals tripled from 131 in 2009-10 to 414 in 2015-16. The increase put such a strain on the service that last October it estimated that new patients would have to wait four years for their first appointment.
The largest and oldest adult clinic in London, Charing Cross, has seen the number of adult referrals quadruple in the past decade. The figures have skyrocketed from 498 in 2006-07 to 1892 in 2015-2016. James Barrett, a psychiatrist at Charing Cross, said:
“It obviously can’t continue like that forever because we’d be treating everyone in the country, but there isn’t any sign of that levelling off”.
Professor Stephen Whittle, professor of equalities law at Manchester Metropolitan University, attributed the rise in transgender numbers to greater acceptance and awareness.
“What’s happened recently is that since the Equality Act 2010, awareness in the last three years of trans issues [has grown] – what we have seen is individual schools where kids have been challenging the requirements … increasingly schools are recognising the need to make changes.”
“One of the things I’m keen to emphasise is kids don’t have sex changes, adults do.
“Children can change their minds … they are exploring how best to be themselves. This is about giving all children as good a chance to experience an education as possible.”
The introduction of gender-neutral uniforms is far from a harmless anti-bullying measure. The more children are encouraged to question their birth gender, the more likely they are to report gender confusion. It is irresponsible to rule out “anti-bullying” measures as potential causes for increased incidences of transgenderism.
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