4 year olds asked to choose gender they ‘most identify with’ on school form
Children as young as four are being asked to choose the gender “they most identify with” on a council form for primary school placement.
In a letter sent to thousands of families confirming children’s primary school places for the coming school year, Brighton and Hove City Council requested parents help their children choose what gender they identify as.
The letter advised parents to leave the form blank and speak with the school if their child “had a gender identity” other than male or female.
“We recognize that not all children and young people identify with the gender they were assigned at birth or may identify as a gender other than male or female, however the current systems (set nationally) only record gender as male or female,” the letter read.
— BHCC Policy (@BHCCPolicy) April 20, 2016
“Please support your child to choose the gender they most identify with.
“Or if they have another gender identity please leave this blank and discuss with your child’s school.”
The move has drawn criticism from parents. One mother quoted by the Sun said: “Children at school should be free to develop their identity. They are not adults — let them enjoy the innocence and creativity of their childhood.”
Speaking to the tabloid, Tory MP Andrew Bridgen called the council advice “utterly ridiculous.”
“Schools should be teaching kids to read and write, not prompting them to consider gender swaps.”
Council leader Warren Morgan defended the move, tweeting he is proud his council is “leading on #Trans work.”