A culture of silence? Dangerous trans guidance will embolden transphobic attitudes

The proposed guidance on gender questioning children will lead to a culture of silence and fear reminiscent of Section 28, says one secondary school teacher who fears for the future of her trans students
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Little over a year ago, we received the horrifying news that Brianna Ghey had been murdered by her peers.

My heart stopped and my thoughts immediately turned to the handful of trans young people who attend the lunchtime Pride Club that I am proud to run for my school’s LGBT+ community.

I found myself desperately wishing that half-term could be over; I wanted to make sure that they knew we would never let anything like this happen to them.

When we returned one of them ran over, in tears, to tell me that a group of students from our school had thrown stones at him and subjected him to transphobic abuse while he was walking his dog over the break.

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