THE SERVANT GENERAL
ASSAULTS ON FAITH, FAMILY AND LIFE
DAMAGING TRANSGENDER CURRICULUM
January 22, 2017
The taxpayer-funded Educate & Celebrate has published
a number of books for young children promoting gender confusion.
transgender curriculum is about to invade 7-year-olds’
classrooms in the UK
5, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – In a move that’s causing
controversy, children as young
as seven will be exposed to gender ideology in UK elementary
schools later this month through a new book
from an LGBT activist on “medical transitioning.”
taxpayer-funded Can I Tell You About Gender Diversity?
by CJ Atkinson, approved by the United Kingdom’s Department
for Education, advises teachers, parents and students against
using language suggesting there are only two genders. It
shows the use of hormone blockers through a fictional 12-year-old
who is “transitioning” from female to male so
she can stop the onset of puberty.
Religious leaders and politicians in the UK are among those
calling the book ”damaging,” but the book’s
author is pushing back.
“We call it trans-panic,” Atkinson stated in
an interview with The Guardian. “This mud-slinging
has to stop. It causes active harm.” Atkinson then
cited the high rate of suicide attempts among transgender
“The world is changing,” the author argued.
“A book like this is needed.”
What will kids read in the book?
The 60-page book is part of the Can I Tell You About
series that covers issues such as eating disorders, depression
and autism. Can I Tell You About Gender Diversity?
begins with the passage:
The Kit character then begins to use the puberty-blocking
drugs to undergo a sex change to “stop my body developing
in ways that make me unhappy.”
Kit’s “transition” entails wearing boys’
clothes, using male pronouns, and changing her birth certificate
to show Christopher instead of Kit. The character discusses
the possibility of surgery and also taking testosterone
at 16 so that her body will imitate all the same puberty
changes of males.
A bewildering array of terminology
Gender and sexuality are described in the book with what
the Daily Mail called “a
bewildering array of alternative terms,” which include
“cisgender” for children “who think of
themselves as being the gender which they were born,”
as well as “panromantic,” “intersex,”
“genderqueer” and “xe.”
Terms such as “ladies” and “gents,”
and “boys” and “girls” are condemned
in the book lest they discriminate against transgender students.
Atkinson who identifies as “queer” and
prefers the pronouns they, their and them insists
that activists are not trying to “break everything
down so that there’s nothing, so there’s no
meaning in anything.” They rather see themselves as
“opening it up so everybody can have access to everything.”
else is behind it?
Distributed by Educate & Celebrate , a UK government-funded
entity that works to “transform schools and organisations
into LGBT+Friendly places,” Can I Tell You About
Gender Diversity? is billed by London-based Jessica
Kingsley Publishers as “the first book to explain
medical transitioning for children aged seven and above.”
to a spokesman for the publisher, the book was commissioned
because of insufficient resources in schools.
“The introduction of gender-neutral toilets and non-binary
pronouns are important first steps, but there is a definite
lack of resources out there for teachers, parents and children
themselves,” the spokesperson said . “This book
will spark discussion in the classroom and at home, answering
difficult questions that children may have about gender
of the book will be sent to the 120 "best practice"
schools with which Jessica Kingsley works, and the publisher
expects hundreds more head teachers to purchase Can
I Tell You About Gender Diversity?
Opposition to the book has come from at least one media
outlet, as well as UK government and religious officials.
The Daily Mail’s Sarah Vine criticized it
in her column, calling for the “nonsense” to
“In attempting to improve
the lives of a vanishingly small minority, we are threatening
the sanity of and yes I’m going to say it
normal children,” Vine wrote. “It’s
time to put an end to this nonsense.”
“I think it is damaging to children to introduce uncertainty
into their minds,” former Tory Party chairman Lord
The prior Master of Wellington College said respect for
all includes those who believe in traditional values.
“We have to respect the feelings of everybody, including
teachers and parents who want traditional modes followed,”
Anthony Seldon stated.
Anglican Bishop of Chester Peter Forster said the book would
not be helpful in addressing the issue of gender confusion,
adding, “This is likely to sow more confusion than
Encouraging the problem
Mental health experts have also concluded that encouraging
gender confusion and intervening medical is damaging to
“Gender identity” is not separate from biological
sex, according to an August 2016 report from Dr. Paul McHugh,
a former chief of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital and
distinguished service professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins
University, and Lawrence Mayer, an Arizona State University
professor of statistics and biostatistics.
“The hypothesis that
gender identity is an innate, fixed property of human beings
that is independent of biological sex that a person
might be ‘a man trapped in a woman’s body’
or ‘a woman trapped in a man’s body’
is not supported by scientific evidence,"
their report said.
The researchers also took issue with diagnosing gender dysphoria
in children, as most will outgrow gender confusion and attempts
to push acceptance of a “transgender” state
only aggravate their confusion.
are a special case when addressing transgender issues. Only
a minority of children who experience cross-gender identification
will continue to do so into adolescence or adulthood,”
Some of the medical interventions featured in Atkinson’s
book are found in the report in particular to be harmful
to children. The researchers found “little scientific
evidence” for the therapeutic value of such interventions
and called medical interventions for gender-nonconforming
youth “an area of particular concern.”
Conditioning anyone to undertake impersonation of the opposite
gender through surgery or chemical treatments is detrimental,
the authors also concluded, as adults who opt for sex-reassignment
surgeries experience “a higher risk of experiencing
poor mental health outcomes.”
The support for this conclusion was found in a referenced
study that indicated individuals who had undergone “sex
reassignment” were approximately five times more likely
to attempt suicide and about 19 times more likely to die
book is also available for sale online.