From the National Review
By Katherine Timpf
Schoolchildren as young as 13 in Brighton, England were told to fill out a government survey that asked them to pick out their gender (or genders) from a list of 25 options.
Yes — gender or genders.
Among the options were “tri-gender” (having exactly three genders,) “gender fluid” (having your gender change over time,) “demi-boy/demi-girl” (someone who is only partially male/female,) and “all genders” (which would be an infinite number because gender is obviously a spectrum.)
Below is the complete list, from which instructed students to “choose as many as [they] want:”
- (Young) woman
- (Young) man
- Gender fluid
- Gender non-conforming
- All genders
- In the middle of boy and girl
- Not sure
- Rather not say
Note: The “others” option was not included as part of the checklist, but rather as a free-form box below it where students could write in absolutely anything that they wanted. After all, just 24 choices would clearly not be enough.
Transgender activists are praising the survey as a win, but local news source the Argus reports that a lot of parents weren’t so happy about it — calling it “unnecessary” and worrying that it might even confuse kids who wouldn’t have otherwise thought to be confused.
The survey came from Office of the Children’s Commissioner and was distributed to every school in Brighton and Hove, according to the Argus.
The survey states that the results may be used in government reports about children and gender identity. However, it remains unclear if the method will be able to actually provide accurate data or if kids might see the form as a joke and fill it out as such.
According to the Argus, students younger than 16 were supposed to ask their parents if they should complete the survey — but parents of at least one school, Blatchington Mill, claim that their kids were not instructed to do so.