Scottish Daily Mail

Pupils told: If you’re unsure of your sexuality, you’re queer

Parents furious over gender ‘nonsense’ being taught to kids, 11

- By Graham Grant Home Affairs Editor

SCHOOLCHIL­DREN as young as 11 are being taught that they are ‘queer’ if they do not yet know their sexual orientatio­n.

Teaching materials at Boroughmui­r High school, edinburgh, also claim that there are three biological sexes and they suggest highly controvers­ial concepts around sex and gender are being taught to children as fact.

a presentati­on prepared for classes in the first year of high school is now being ‘reviewed’ after a backlash from parents who fear the lessons have been taking place without their knowledge for several years.

meanwhile, a ‘gender neutral language guide’ prepared for staff at Wick High, in Caithness, tells staff not to use terms such

‘Male, female or intersex’

as mother, brother or sister to avoid upsetting pupils who identify as transgende­r.

Concerns over the documents come amid wider fears that disputed gender ideology theories are being inappropri­ately promoted in classrooms.

Kate Forbes, one of the candidates to take over as First minister, has admitted she has been inundated with complaints from parents of children as young as four who had come home confused about their gender after lessons.

The Boroughmui­r High presentati­on states that ‘queer’ is a term ‘many people use when they are not sure what their sexual or romantic orientatio­n is’.

it tells children they are born as ‘one of three things’, ‘male, female or intersex’ and ‘this is your biological sex’.

One parent told the daily Telegraph she was horrified to learn the ‘nonsense’ had been used in a lesson for her child.

she said: ‘it makes sense to teach that there are gay, lesbian and bisexual people and that their relationsh­ips are just as loving and meaningful as anyone else’s. But we should not be teaching children that ideologica­l statements are fact or clearly encouragin­g those who don’t know what they are yet to call themselves queer.’

in 2021, the SNP government issued guidance to schools to ‘be affirming’ if a child wanted to change gender and that their parents should not always be told.

The Wick High guide, which helped the school win an award this month from the lobby group LGBT Youth scotland, tells teachers not to say things such as ‘girls be quiet’ as one of the pupils ‘may be a trans male’.

Campaign group For Women scotland said it was receiving reports from parents left shocked and angry after learning how gender issues were being taught.

Trina Budge, of the group, said it was ‘quite disgracefu­l’ that ‘valuable time is being spent trying to instil compelled speech and push activists’ unscientif­ic, inaccurate informatio­n about gender identity theory’.

Boroughmui­r High said following ‘feedback’ from parents, the material was being reviewed.

Highland Council, which runs Wick High, said: ‘The “gender neutral language guide” provides flexibilit­y in how the school recognises, supports and manages the needs of all pupils.’

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