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UK Parents Rise Up Successfully against School Survey Asking 6-Year-Old Children to Identify Their 'Actual Gender'

Leah Marieann Klett : Dec 12, 2017

"At a time when children are growing up and having to deal with all sorts of challenges of the modern world, now they are being asked to confront their gender, which for many will be unsettling." -Tory MP Tim Loughton, a former children's minister

(United Kingdom)— [] A question asking elementary school children if they feel "comfortable with their gender" and encouraging them to identify their "actual gender" has been removed from an NHS survey amid backlash from parents. (Photo: UK schoolchildren/Reuters/via Gospel Herald)

The questionnaire handed out to students in the UK asked them, "Do you feel the same inside as the gender you were born with? (feeling male or female)." The students, some as young as ten, were asked to then mark a box to fill in their actual gender, where they were given the choice between "girl," "boy," and "other."

Parents were reportedly told that the survey helped healthcare workers and teachers develop "better ways to understand and support" children who could be struggling with their identity, according to The Telegraph.

However, the questions were later scrapped by the Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust after parents and MPs warned that the survey would only confuse children.

"I got a letter from NHS Lancashire telling me that all year 6 children will be required to fill out a health questionnaire in school to help them better understand the needs of children in the area," said parent Claire Beverley.

"Now, that doesn't sound too bad does it? But when I followed the link to the questionnaire I was really shocked at the type of questions they are asking, bearing in mind that these are still only 10 and 11 year old children"...

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