When teen-aged students in Brighton and Hove were asked to describe their gender on a recent government questionnaire they had more than ‘boy’ or ‘girl’ to choose from.
In all, there were 24 options including ‘Demi-girl,’ ‘Intersex,’ ‘Non-binary,’ ‘Gender fluid,’ ‘Tri-gender,’ Gender queer,’ ‘Agender,’ and ‘In the middle of boy and girl.’
The survey, for students between the ages of 13 and 18, was from the Office of the Children’s Commissioner and was sent to all schools in Brighton and Hove.
‘For us, anything that prevents students feeling happy, from feeling confident in themselves and from feeling accepted by their peers is something we feel the curriculum should address,’ Ashley Harrold, head teacher at Blatchington Mill School tells The Argus.
She adds: ‘We’re incredibly passionate about ensuring that every student feels safe and welcome at our school. When it comes to gender identity it is a real and valid concern for a number of students.’
While some some parents are reportedly are not happy about the survey, school officials say they were specifically told not to seek parental permission.
Transgender activist Sophie Cook praised the questionnaire.
‘The teenage years are terrible for all of us, but if you are battling gender dysphoria as well you can feel so isolated and alone and confused,’ she writes in a column.
‘I really think it could help young people who are going through this to be given a list of terms that they may find relate to what they are going through.’