The Brighton and Hove, England, City Council wrote to parents of students as young as four-years-old asking them to record on a form what gender their children “most identify with” before starting school. It recently contacted the parents, urging them to support their child’s choice of “gender identity,” via a letter confirming primary school places.
The letter, sent to thousands of parents preparing to send kids to new schools later this year, also requested they leave the gender section of the forms blank if their child had “another gender identity” altogether. The missive continued: “We recognize that not all children and young people identify with the gender they were assigned at birth or may identify as a gender other than male or female, however the current systems (set nationally) only record gender as male or female. Please support your child to choose the gender they most identify with. Or if they have another gender identity, please leave this blank and discuss with your child’s school.”
They recognize that not all children may identify as a gender other than male or female? At four years old, how many “other genders” do they think kids are aware of? One thing is for certain, we have to rid ourselves of that old, paternalistic national system that only recognizes male and female genders, else where would we find ourselves?!
Though the letter is redundant and poorly written, at least it is meddling, offensive and insane. What more could you want from a City Council or school district?
Many parents were understandably appalled by the letter. One mother stated: “Children at school should be free to develop their identity. They are not adults — let them enjoy the innocence and creativity of their childhood.” Tory MP Andrew Bridgen said: “Schools should be teaching kids to read and write, not prompting them to consider gender swaps.”
Boy, are their priorities screwed up.