1st June, 2022 2:39 pm
Attorney-general calls for firm line on gender as she says JK Rowling is her “heroine”
Schools do not have to accommodate children who want to change gender, the attorney-general said.
Suella Braverman said that schools are under no legal obligation to address children by a new pronoun or allow them to wear the school uniform of a different gender. She reiterated that girls’ lavatories and changing rooms have special legal protections as safe spaces.
In an interview with The Times, Braverman said teachers need to take a “much firmer line” and suggests that some schools were encouraging gender dysphoria by an “unquestioning approach”.
She described JK Rowling, the Harry Potter author who has campaigned to protect female-only spaces, as a “heroine” of hers. “Very brave, very courageous. I’m on her side.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Braverman said:
● Pupils who were born male should not be able to use girls’ lavatories or changing facilities.
● The Girls’ Day School Trust was right not to admit boys who identify as girls, protecting their single-sex status.
● It is “outrageous” if a pupil, teacher or parent could not question someone’s assertion they were transgender, after an 18-year-old pupil said she was forced out of her school in a transphobia row.
In a separate article in The Times, the Archbishop of Canterbury said that a woman was “someone who is sexually a woman, who is born and identifies as a woman or who has transitioned”.
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