Pupils in Brighton given transgender ‘pronoun stickers’

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Pupils in Brighton given transgender ‘pronoun stickers’

Schools in Green-run Brighton are to give out pronoun stickers to pupils in a bid to support transgender children. Please note, this story emerged on April 2nd; it is not an April Fool!

 

The stickers, which are being handed out to pupils in secondary schools and colleges, are part of Brighton and Hove City Council’s pronoun badges campaign which aims to prevent “misgendering”.

 The council’s badges indicate whether people would like to be addressed as “he”, “she” or “they” – and some are left blank to allow people to fill in their own pronouns.
 Now schools are giving out stickers for the first time to support the council’s campaign.

It comes after freshers at the University of Edinburgh were given pronoun badges for the first time in September to avoid wrong assumptions being made about a student’s identity.

 Trans rights campaigner Sophie Cook claims ‘misgendering’, the act of addressing an individual by the wrong pronoun (actually the correct one, but when they have a mental illness which makes them believe they are something they are not), can be particularly harmful to transgender school pupils.
Wearing the stickers, which include slogans such as “respect my pronouns, respect me”, “gender is a spectrum” and “trans ally”, in secondary schools is voluntary, the council said.

A city council spokesperson said: “The badges and stickers help raise awareness that you can’t assume someone’s gender identity and the pronouns they use. We know from a range of evidence that gender is more complicated than is traditionally recognised.

 “We all define our own gender and we should respect other people’s identities and rights.”

In the Real World, of course, gender is defined by way of the simple and informed choice between two options by the midwife at every human being’s birth. Brighton, however, opted to leave the Real World some years ago – or at least thinks that it has.

Rather like its historic counterparts, Sodom and Gomorrah, its inhabitants will in due course discover their error. For neither God nor nature can be mocked in this way for long……

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