A Christian couple is suing their sons’ Church of England school after a trans girl was allowed to wear a dress.
Nigel Rowe and wife Sally have also removed their sons, aged six and eight, from the unnamed school and are now home schooling them.
They believe the school’s acceptance is creating ‘confusion’.
The Rowes also argue the school has breached their right to raise their kids in line with their Christian beliefs.
Transphobic parents: ‘Boys are boys and girls are girls’
‘Our concerns were raised when our son came back home from school saying he was confused as to why and how a boy was now a girl,’ Nigel said, according to the Sunday Times.
‘We believe it is wrong to encourage very young children to embrace transgenderism, boys are boys and girls are girls.’
Speaking later to the BBC, he claimed gender is ‘within our DNA’.
A child of six years old does not have the mental capacity to work out that kind of thing,’ he added.
School says they are complying with legal requirements
‘If a child has gender confusion it needs to be done in private setting. It’s a massive thing for a six year old, they need support, love and compassion and it should be dealt with in a private sphere first and not in a school where it affects many people.’
The couple also voiced the anger that parents were not ‘consulted’ before a child was allowed to openly express their gender identity.
The father also denies that transphobic bullying exists at the school.
‘I don’t believe that’s the case, not because they are transgender, I don’t believe people are bullying them in any way.’
‘It would be unlawful for any of our schools to do otherwise.’
Jeff Williams, director of education for the Diocese of Portsmouth, said:
‘Church of England schools are inclusive environments where pupils learn to respect diversity of all kinds. Like any other state school, our schools comply with the legal requirements of the Equalities Act 2010.
‘Among other things, this requires schools to accept the wishes of children and their families with regard to gender identity. It would be unlawful for any of our schools to do otherwise.
‘Because our schools have a Christian ethos, we also believe that children of all faiths and those with none should all feel equally welcomed, valued and nurtured as children of God within our learning communities.’