A columnist has resigned from education magazine TES to protest a front-page feature that listed a resource from anti-trans pressure group Transgender Trend. Pink News reports
TES had published a front-page feature in Friday’s (May 10) edition on how to deal with transgender issues in schools, which included a link to the resource from Transgender Trend.
The feature, written by teacher and ‘gender critical’ campaigner Debbie Hayton, evaluated a number of resources for schools and added: “In my view, it is the Transgender Trend guide that is most consistent with [safeguarding law].”
The print article included a list of resources that directed teachers to the Transgender Trend schools resource pack, which has been widely condemned by education experts and LGBT+ groups.
The pressure group, which has no experience in education or trans issues, also advises teachers to tell classmates of transgender students that “you can’t actually change from a boy to a girl” and “what you think or feel can’t change you from a girl.”
The feature has led to the resignation of TES columnist Natasha Devon, who is also founder of the Mental Health media charter.
In a statement on Twitter, Devon said she had been “concerned for some months” about TES‘ stance on trans issues.
She added: “TES‘ front page article this week contains promotion of an organisation called ‘Transgender Trend’, which supports conversion therapy for trans young people & suggests being trans is a mental disorder.
“It is my understanding that Transgender Trend pretends to be an organisation which gives teachers tools to support transgender young people but in fact does the opposite.”
Read the full article Current Affairs Education magazine TES loses star columnist over transphobia row
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