Dear Teachers, Parents, Governors, and Local Education Authorities,
When it comes to sex education the subject of inclusivity, both in terms of sexuality and most recently gender diversity, is one which often leads to debate. We have all seen the protests from parents arguing against a sex education curricula which openly tackles these topics head on. This can lead to uncertainty on the part of the educational establishment as to what to do for the best.
We are aware that some lobby groups have recently been actively pushing an agenda which seeks to perpetuate a narrative that teaching awareness around gender diversity is somehow harmful to young people. The reality is that in order to reduce the stigma so often associated with being different, sex education in schools must reflect the diversity of the student population.
Today we are writing to urge educational establishments to carefully consider the motives behind such propaganda, dressed up as educational resources and to first educate themselves on matters relating to gender diversity before deciding on what approach they will take with their students.
As a leading provider in transgender healthcare worldwide, our position is clear: gender diversity exists. Accept and believe that people are who they say they are and support them so that they can live as fulfilling a life as possible. We believe in education and awareness. If by teaching inclusivity we can stop a child from coming to harm because they are different, then we are part way towards achieving a better society for everyone.
We urge schools to inform themselves on the subject of gender variance before perpetuating misinformation that can lead to harm.
We highly recommend that teachers, school leadership teams, governors, parents, young people, and local education authorities refer to the many excellent trans inclusion resources available:
- Just Like Us – Schools Toolkit
Toolkit of LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans) inclusive teaching resources for across the curriculum and all key stages, available for free to educators.
- Brighton & Hove City Council and Allsorts Youth Project – Trans Inclusion Toolkit
Developed through a partnership involving Brighton & Hove City Council’s Education Team, Allsorts Youth Project and schools and colleges.
- East Sussex County Council – Trans Inclusion Schools Toolkit
Supporting trans and gender questioning children and young people.
- Safeguarding Warwickshire – Trans Toolkit For Schools
Developed with contributions from local authorities and organisations across the midlands.
- Portsmouth City Council – Trans Inclusion Guidance For Schools and Colleges
Guidance is aimed at supporting children and young people under the age of 18.
- National Education Union – Supporting trans and gender-questioning students
Developed to look at first steps in supporting gender-variant or questioning students in the educational environment.
- Crown Prosecution Service – Classroom activities and guidance for teachers
- Stonewall – Practical Guides and resources for Schools and colleges
- Mermaids – Resources for Parents and Schools