Pupils who have declared themselves transgender in schools are now being offered medical treatment that could leave some infertile according to news reports. Bernadette Wren, the consultant clinical psychologist at the Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) in London, said that various schools were allowing boys and girls to be treated as the opposite sex “at their request.” Wren explained that schools were briskly accepting demands by a pupil to change their names, uniforms and gender pronouns as soon as they got a light hint that the child might be “querying their identity.”
This comes as UK primary schools have been told to include books about ‘transgenders’ in their official curriculum according to a new guide to diversity for teachers. The guide adds that dress codes should be ‘modified’ in order to allow staff and pupils to wear clothes suited to their “preferred gender”. The Express reports: In nine months last year, more than 2,000 children were referred by GPs, schools and support groups. 10% of children referred to treatment clinics change their minds of opt out of treatment. Schools might wait for the parents to approach them before changing things like names in the register, uniforms, pronouns, toilets, sports
Ms Wren said nearly half of older children referred to the clinic choose medical treatment to change gender, while only around a quarter of five to 12-year-olds opted for the same. She said 10 per cent of children referred to the clinic change their minds and opt out of the treatment programme. “In the younger age group we may get kids who are gender fluid but are not going to pursue this into later life,” she said. India Willoughby explains she is transsexual not transgender Play Video “That is why we are a little more cautious about early social gender identity. “Schools might wait for the parents to approach them before changing things like names in the register, uniforms, pronouns, toilets, sports.” Ms Wren added that some children could grow up to regret their decision to change gender and that the physical risks included the loss of the ability to have children, particularly for those born as boys. “Perhaps the choices they make when they are 16 look different when they are 30,” she said.