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Education – Drag queen show for toddlers

March 2018

Family Education Trust director Norman Wells has criticised an organisation that seeks to present the ‘fun’ of gender fluidity to toddlers, claiming this is desensitising children to their own identity.

‘Drag Queen Story Time’, supported by the London Early Years Foundation (LEYF), aims to ‘capture the imagination and fun of the gender fluidity of childhood, while giving children a glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role model. By providing spaces in which kids are able to see people who defy rigid gender restrictions, we allow them to imagine the world in which people can present as they wish’.

The group, which conducts reading time and mini-dramas for two and three-year olds in hospitals and nurseries, aims to expose very young children to men who dress as women. June O’Sullivan, chief executive of LEYF, was quoted in The Mail on Sunday as saying this was a good thing, because ‘children are open until about three’, after which they have formalised views about the world around them.

But Mr Wells has rightly taken issue with the LEYF’s perverted agenda, saying children that young, who are only just starting to understand their own identities, will be confused.

He said: ‘One of the most disturbing things about the transgender agenda is the way that it tries to distort our perception of reality and deny something as fundamental as the distinction between male and female. To try to blind impressionable children of two and three to one of the most basic facts of human existence can only be described as a form of child abuse.

‘We are already seeing a rise in the number of children who identify as transgender. Such confusion is only likely to increase if we start playing with children’s minds in nurseries and schools’.