Families across the UK have pushed back against changes made by local councils to promote transgender ideology.
In Scotland, the Highland Council was forced to reverse a decision to install same-sex toilets at Culloden Academy in Inverness.
In Wales, local council Rhondda Cynon Taf had to withdraw its transgender guidance for schools after teachers called a boy by a girl’s name without informing his parents.
Critics have warned repeatedly about extreme transgender ideology that pushes beyond fairness into removing basic human rights, such as the right women and girls have to safe spaces.
According to the Scottish Daily Mail, Culloden Academy wanted to create gender neutral toilets, meaning boys and girls would have to use the same facilities.
This came just as police figures unveiled an appalling rise in sexual attacks against girls by boys at schools across England and Wales (see page 3).
Highland Council completed the work during the summer break, but – following a backlash from parents – the council reverted to single-sex toilet areas within days of the start of term.
Quoted in the Scottish Daily Mail, parents were worried about the safety of girls as young as eleven having to share toilet blocks with older teenage boys.
Fergus Ewing, MSP for Inverness and Nairn, told the Mail, ‘It is good news that the council have not only listened but also acted upon the expressed concerns of parents – concerns which I appreciate.’
Meanwhile, in Wales, a school was forced to withdraw its transgender policy after parents threatened a legal challenge.
According to reports, days after the boy told his parents that he believed he was a girl, the school phoned his parents to say he had requested for his name to be changed on the register and asked to join girls’ PE classes.
At a meeting with the school, the parents said that their son, who was under 14 years old, should have therapy before any changes were made.
But they were told that teachers had already started to call him by a female name, in line with Rhondda Cynon Taf’s council’s guidance.
The council’s transgender guidance has now been withdrawn, pending a review, after the parents threatened a legal challenge.
Tanya Carter, a spokesperson for Safe Schools Alliance UK, which supported the family, said, ‘We are appalled that legal action has again had to be taken against a local authority’s dangerous guidance.’
In June this year, Brighton council came under fire for implementing controversial trans guidance for schools.