C of E school’s acceptance of transgender boy sparks row
Nigel and Sally Rowe, above, are Christians. Christians who find trangenderism so icky that they’ve removed their six-year-old boy from a Church of England school on the Isle of Wight which is allowing another male pupil to wear a dress whenever he pleases.
Two years ago, according to the BBC, they removed their eldest son from the same school in a separate row about a different child with gender identity issues.
The Rowes say the suggestion that gender is fluid conflicts with their Christian beliefs and they are seeking a legal challenge against the school’s actions.
Enter the Christian Legal Centre, which is supporting Mr and Mrs Rowe. It said the couple were being accused of “transphobic behaviour” because of their:
Refusal to acknowledge a transgender person’s true gender.
Mrs Rowe told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme that when they spoke with the school, which is not being identified, they were told:
If a child wants to do that then we just have to accept it.
Her husband added:
I am shocked by the suggestion, especially from a church school, that just because we question the notion that a six-year-old boy can really become a girl, we are transphobic.
Jeff Williams, director of education for the Diocese of Portsmouth, said:
Church of England schools are inclusive environments where pupils learn to respect diversity of all kinds. Like any other state school, our schools comply with the legal requirements of the Equalities Act 2010.
Among other things, this requires schools to accept the wishes of children and their families with regard to gender identity. It would be unlawful for any of our schools to do otherwise.
Mr and Mrs Rowe say the school’s handling of the situation did not show proper regard for the possible long-term emotional and psychological effects on young children seeking to change gender, or for the confusion and concern caused to other people by the suggestion that boys are not always boys, and girls are not always girls.
In this Metro report, the couple referred to transgenderism as “species dysphoria”, and asked if the school would also allow pupils “to dress as animals”. The Metro said people reacted strongly to the Rowes’ idiocy, using social media to brand them as “utter morons” and “fucking melts”.
LGBT campaigner Jane Fae, who is transgender, said the couple had misjudged the issue, as children with gender issues needed sympathy to help prevent them being bullied.
I have a child who took a lot of bullying on my behalf and that bullying was exactly the same: it was parents saying ‘we have a right to an opinion’ and they told their children their opinion, and having told their children their opinion, their children thought it was open season on bullying my son.
Hat tip: Agent Cormac and BarrieJohn