MP: Stonewall and Mermaids spreading false information in schools

Nov 15, 2021 by

from The Christian Institute:

An MP has criticised LGBT activist groups for confusing impressionable children by promoting radical gender ideology in schools.

During a House of Commons debate, Miriam Cates, a former science teacher, spoke about the need to support emotionally vulnerable young people by providing effective counselling and support networks in schools.

But she explained that in around half of cases counsellors are not registered with professional bodies, and one in seven have no professional qualifications at all. She says this raises serious potential safeguarding issues.

‘Extreme ideologies’

Cates highlighted Stonewall and Mermaids as outside groups invited into schools to provide counselling-type services, but which she said are teaching “dangerous and contested extreme ideologies that don’t have a basis in science”.

She mentioned that some of what is being taught by such groups goes against Department for Education guidance, including “teaching children that there are more than two sexes” or that their sex “has been assigned to them at birth”.

She continued: “I’ve seen a video today by the Free To Be group telling teachers that they might drive children to suicide if they don’t accept this ideology.”

The MP added that Stonewall wrongly interprets the Equality Act “in a way that erodes sex-based rights, particularly of girls, in a way that I think is very dangerous”.

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