A new so-called “Transgender Inclusion Toolkit ” for local schools is set to be approved next week by the Vale of Glamorgan Council – but is set to run into opposition from at least one women’s campaigning organisation which is opposing it .
The council claims that the “toolkit” [a weighty 41 page jargon-laden tome] is being published to provide “an up to date practical guidance to schools and other settings” to support children and young people who are “Transgender” or who are in the category of “Transgender-Questioning”.
However the Vale’s publication now has come to the attention of a female campaigning organisation called “Women’s Place UK” – and it’s already circulating members to get them to write in and complain about it
The organisation “Women’s Place UK” is now rallying opposition to the Vale Council’s “problematic” Transgender Toolkit and its promotion in local schools. WPUK is preparing “draft letters” for members to sign to express their concern about the circulation of toolkit and the philosophy it seeks to propagate.
Included in Vale’s “tookit” is a dictionary of some current lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered terminology – the lexicon of which appears to invent new definitions and increasingly departs from what, up to now, have been considered the ordinary meaning of standard English words and phrases. For example:-
“CISGENDER” : The toolkit informs readers of the term “Cisgender” [pronounced “sisgender”] – which, it says, refers to someone whose gender identity matches the sex they were ‘assigned’ at birth. [The term “Cisgender” is defined as being the opposite of “transgender”]
“ZE/ZIR” : The tookit instructs hitherto-unaware readers of the necessity – in conversation – of referring to people by the correct pronoun. Rather than the old-fashioned traditional terms of “he“ and “she”, the toolkit suggests some people might wish to be referred to in “gender neutral” terms like “they” or “their” and “ze” or “zir”.
“TRANSITIONING” : This term is explained to schoolchildren as “the steps a trans person may take to live in the gender with which they identify.For some this involves medical intervention, such as hormone therapy and surgeries”.
Cllr Bob Penrose (Independent Sully) who is Vale Council cabinet member for education, says the toolkit “offers an opportunity to raise awareness of gender identity whilst providing support and guidance to create a positive and inclusive education.”
He says the publication “highlights areas to consider when developing whole school policy and practice that will allow transgender or gender-questioning children and young people to achieve at school.”
An accompanying Vale Council report says that “A number of children [it does not say how many] have presented as “Transgender” or as “Transgender-questioning” in Vale of Glamorgan schools and this document is designed to aid schools in providing appropriate support.”
The tookit says its purpose is to “Consider gender as a spectrum and take a non-binary approach to gender“ and advises against what it calls “gender-segregated activities”.
The tookit document is said to have “been developed on behalf of the five Central South Consortium Local Authorities.” It has also been endorsed by the LGBT activist organisation “Stonewall Cymru”.