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Trans schools’ guidance: What does it mean for me?

Following months of delaying, the UK Government finally published its draft ‘Gender Questioning Children’ guidance for schools in England. Although pending consultation, the guidance nonetheless sets out the government’s trajectory and gives some much-needed clarity for teachers.

Ben Chang

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L: Ben Chang. R: Singer Kim Petras, who was born male, had ‘gender confirmation surgery’ in 2007 aged 16 (photo: @kimpetras).

The guidance is more conservative, or ‘gender-critical’, than many expected, and has already triggered backlash from activists; Mermaids called it ‘out of touch and absurd’. The English guidance is also notably divergent from the equivalent guidance in Scotland which takes a much more liberal, or ‘gender-affirming’ approach.