Sturgeon accused of removing parents rights’ as pupils explore gender without approval

Scotland: LGBT inclusivity document slammed by host

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GB News’ Patrick Christys took aim at First Minister Nicola Sturgeon after the Scottish Government published new guidance on transgender pupils which will allow students to change their names, pronouns or to use toilets and changing rooms of their chosen gender. The guidance applies to primary school children who can be as young as four and parental consent is not required for students to begin identifying differently. Mr Christys was angry at the decision as he questioned the medical qualifications of teachers who would be helping a child tackle a sensitive topic without informing their parents.  

The guidance, published on August 12, seeks to support transgender students in school by creating a “safe, inclusive and respectful environment in which to learn.”

The 70-page document suggests some students are exploring their gender in primary school settings and it may be right not to share this with parents. 

The document read: “It is best to not share information with parents or carers without considering and respecting the young person’s views and rights.”

Mr Christys was furious at the plans and said on GB News: “Sometimes a story drops that’s so ridiculous you have to pinch yourself to make sure it isn’t a horrible dream.

“A new LGBT inclusivity document from the Scottish Government says that children as young as four can come out as transgender at school, teachers aren’t allowed to question them, instead they just have to ask them what they want their new name to be and they don’t have to inform the parents.

“Presumably mum and dad just find out on parents evening when Sam starts being referred to as Samantha, or when they get selected for the girls’ football team…

“A new government prescribed reading list includes books that feature a primary school-age narrator who says she has ‘a girl’s brain but a boy body’ and claimed she knew that she was transgender as a toddler.

“All of this comes despite a prominent Scottish lawyer, Aidan O’Neill, coming out, for want of a better phrase, and saying it was probably illegal to allow a child to change gender without informing their parents.

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“But that doesn’t matter to Poundland Braveheart Nicola Sturgeon, because she is the law up North, like an ultra-progressive William Wallace.”

Mr Christys added he was concerned the policy and topic could be too overwhelming for young people to explore without the involvement of their parents and questioned whether teachers were the right people to implement the policy.

He continued: “If I send my child to school I want them to be taught maths, English, maybe a smattering of French and probably a bit of art.

“I don’t want them to be told that they may have been born into the wrong body by a 45-year-old Key Stage One teacher called Sandra, who then doesn’t do me the common courtesy of informing me that my child has changed their name.

“What qualifies Sandra from the geography department to have those kinds of discussions with my child? Is she a trained medical professional? Is she a trained child behavioural psychologist?”

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Mr Christys then accused Ms Sturgeon of removing the rights of parents and said many had not voted her in to do something like this. 

He added: “When the people of Scotland voted for the SNP, were they voting for Nicola Sturgeon to remove their rights as parents to have a say in their own child’s gender identity?

“No, they weren’t and if it was put to a referendum it would lose in massive numbers.”

In the Scottish guidance, it reads: “Primary schools need to be able to meet the needs of these young people to ensure they have a safe, inclusive and respectful environment in which to learn.

“If a young person in the school says that they now want to live as a boy although their sex assigned at birth was female, or they now want to live as a girl, although their sex assigned at birth was male, it is important to provide support and listen to what they are saying.

“If others deny this, it may have a detrimental impact on the young person’s wellbeing, relationships and behaviour and this is often clearly apparent to teachers, parents and carers.”

Education Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville who wrote the foreword to the guidance said: “Pupils are happier and learn more at school when they feel safe, respected and included.

“We know transgender young people can face many issues in schools and that teachers and staff must have the confidence and skills to support their mental, physical and emotional health.

“This guidance outlines how schools can support transgender young people while ensuring that the rights of all pupils are fully respected.”

Ms Sturgeon has sought to tackle transphobia in Scotland.

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