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On 10th August during a speech at the right-wing lobby group The Policy Exchange, Attorney General Suella Braverman stated that it is lawful for schools to deadname and misgender trans pupils, and prevent them from accessing toilets, sports teams and dormitories, or wearing uniforms that match their gender. None of this is legally the case, as experts soon afterwards explained because it would breach the protection afforded to trans people in the Equality Act 2010.
She also said it is lawful for single-sex schools to reject trans children, and argued that schools teaching students about gender identity are “misinformed” and “indoctrinating children”.
As we and parents of trans children know, some schools do have problems with transphobic bullying and discrimination, particularly where teachers are unsupportive or afraid to intervene, and trans children face a greater risk of dying by suicide when compared to their cis peers. This so-called advice is clearly aimed at whipping up the Tories’ transphobic base and gender-critical feminists. We trans people in the UK and our allies need to ensure that we support each other and our children against this increasingly vicious campaign by the Right (and a small section of the centre-Left).
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