British primary school kids as young as seven will soon be instructed to stop using the words “boys” and “girls,” while at the same time being taught terms like “genderqueer” and “intersex”.
A new guidebook, which will be distributed to 120 schools around the UK next month, advises teachers, students and parents against language that signals they are only two biological genders.
It describes boys who feel like boys and girl who feel like girls as “cisgender” — the opposite of “transgender” — and frowns upon such words as “ladies” and “gents”.
The Mail on Sunday reported that the book proposes instead a wide array of alternative terms to describe gender and sexuality, including “intersex”, “genderqueer” and “panromantic” – someone who seeks romantic relationships with people of “all gender identities.”
The book – Can I Tell You About Gender Diversity? –is distributed by Educate & Celebrate, a charity ultimately funded by the British taxpayer.
Their goal is to make educational institutions “LGBT+ friendly” and to eradicate “homophobia, biphobia and transphobia from our schools and communities,” according to the mission statement on their website.
One passage of the book argues that “language in general” should veer away from the idea that they are only two genders, on the grounds that it excludes young people who identify as trans or gender fluid.
Described by publisher Jessica Kingsley as “an ideal way to start conversations about gender diversity in the classroom or at home”, Can I Tell You About Gender Diversity includes a ficional story of Kit, a 12-year-old undergoing a medical transition.
It also features a gender neutral-unicorn with a star in place of genitalia.