Schools remove transgender guide after parents complain

Schools remove transgender guide after parents complain
Source: https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2019/04/11/schools-remove-transgender-guide-warwickshire/

A 50-page booklet that provides guidance to transgender students has been removed from Warwickshire schools after a parents’ group complained about it.

The booklet—which was created by Gendered Intelligence and Allsorts Youth Project—is called “gender is not just pink and blue,” according to Coventry Live.

However, parents group Safe Schools Alliance took issue with the advice on chest binding for transgender students. Chest binding is usually used by transgender men and non-binary people to help create a flatter chest.

Parents took issue with the guidance about chest binding for transgender people

The booklet urges teachers to be aware of transgender students’ hygiene needs if they are wearing chest binders on a school trip.

“It may be that pupils wash their binders every night at home and this will need to be considered on a residential trip,” the booklet says.

After the Safe Schools Alliance complained, Warwickshire County Council decided to suspend the use of the booklet in schools while they conduct a review of its use.

“The toolkit is currently being reviewed in light of feedback to ensure it is as robust as possible for schools to use.”

– Warwickshire County Council

A spokesman said: “Trans is an evolving complex area and it was identified that there was a knowledge gap within schools.

“It is our duty to provide schools with guidance to ensure all pupils are able to be themselves and reach their full potential in an inclusive school environment, without fear of judgement and discrimination.

“The toolkit is currently being reviewed in light of feedback to ensure it is as robust as possible for schools to use.”

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