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Primary school pupils encouraged to 'pick a gender'

CONTROVERSIAL: Children, aged four, have been asked to choose the gender 'they most identify with' on a council form

BRIGHTON AND Hove City Council has been forced to defend its controversial decision to allow children as young as four to select the gender the most identify with ahead of starting primary school.

Thousands of parents received letters from the council confirming where their youngsters will be heading in September.

The confirmation letters also called on parents to support their child’s choice on whether they identified as male or female and allowed them to leave the form blank if their child had ‘another gender identity’, according to The Sun.

Tory MP Andrew Bridgen called the move as ‘utterly ridiculous’ and said: “Schools should be teaching kids to read and write, not prompting them to consider gender swaps.”

The letter said: “We recognise that not all children and young people identify with the gender they were assigned at birth or may identify as a gender other than male or female, however the current systems (set nationally) only record gender as male or female.

"Please support your child to choose the gender they most identify with. Or if they have another gender identity please leave this blank and discuss with your child’s school.”

Local Councillor Emma Daniel, head of Brighton’s equalities committee, said she was aware of ‘concerns’ over the wording.

She told the publication: “We have inserted the additional text about gender identity in response to calls from families, young people and schools to show an inclusive approach.

"There are increasing numbers of children and young people nationally identifying as trans.”

She added: “We will review this to see whether we can make it clearer that we consider discussions around gender identity to be an option for parents rather than an obligation.”

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