Parents have been left furious after receiving a letter instructing them to help their four-year-olds choose a gender before they start primary school.
Brighton and Hove City Council sent a letter to hundreds of families telling them which school their child would attend in September but asked them to respond with which gender their child preferred.
There was also a note next to the tickbox for male/female”
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.
Some parents were furious:
Parents have criticised the move claiming children should be allowed to ‘enjoy their innocence’. They also described it as a ‘dangerous approach’ since four-year-olds do not yet have an adult view of the world or fully understand gender roles.
13 year olds have at least six options:
As well as traditional options of ‘girl’ and ‘boy’, children aged 13 to 18 were also invited to select from a list that included ‘genderqueer’, ‘tri-gender’, ‘gender fluid’ and ‘intersex’.