Category: LGBT

New guidelines for transgender pupils under fire for ‘ignoring the rights of girls’

Under the rules, children would be allowed to use male or female bathrooms depending on which gender they identify as. (Getty)

George Martin writes:

New guidlines aimed at protecting transgender pupils have been criticised for “ignoring the rights of girls”.

A document which details the policies proposed by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), seen by The Sunday Times, suggests pupils shouldn’t be separated by sex in schools.

It also recommends that pupils who choose to identify as another gender should be allowed to use the changing rooms of that gender.

The policy document adds that girls who are uncomfortable with the presence of a transgender girl should be given the use of a private changing room.

When playing sport, the EHRC says all students should wear netball skirts and tracksuit bottoms, with pupils allowed to choose whichever they feel most comfortable in.

Pupils should also not be excluded from playing single-sex sports such as team training and physical education – according to the document.

The EHRC claims the new rules will not only protect transgender children but also those “who are simply exploring their gender identity”.

But campaigners such as Tanya Carter, of the campaign group the Safe Schools Alliance, said they were “appalled” by the suggestions.

Turkish columnist causes outrage after saying Netflix encourages homosexuality

Turkish columnist causes outrage after saying Netflix encourages homosexuality.

Akif Beki, a columnist of Islamist-liberal Karar newspaper, stirred up outrage on Turkish social media after saying on Thursday that television series on Netflix were encouraging homosexuality.

Beki said the normalisation of homosexuality through fiction pushed a person to appreciate the Islamist Yeni Akit newspaper, an outlet that has made fighting with homosexuality an existential mission. The newspaper this week published a report with the headline “The Netflix trap of perverts”.

The columnist said yesterday that he had not liked watching the latest season of La Casa De Papel, a television series also known as Money Heist, because it had engaged in what he called homosexual propaganda.

“Yes, nobody can defend someone being the subject to discrimination or violence over sexual orientation,” said Beki. “But just because the debate has been based on problematic assumptions, defective prejudices and conspiracies, should someone approve the encouragement of homosexuality by thrusting it in our faces?” he asked.

“It is a different thing to approve the open encouragement of homosexuality by covering it through fiction, to ignore its propaganda and promotion, to serve as a tool for it, and to present it as the most natural choice that could be made,” he said.

Beki said Netflix was making such propaganda by quietly placing messages that normalised homosexuality in its content.

Beki received thousands of messages on social media on Thursday after his column was published.

A group of social media users told the columnist that sexual orientation could not be encouraged and this could not be done via television series.

“I became a telepath because of watching Sense8,” said Gökhan Yücel citing the Netflix series that was about a group of people around the world who were linked mentally.

“When I was watching Dark, I went 33 years back in time. Keep your children away from that series,” said another user, referring to a German series on time travel.

Many social media users told Beki that he could avoid offence by cancelling his Netflix subscription.

“Mr. Akif, if you feel like you are being encouraged to become a homosexual while watching those television series, the series cannot be held accountable for that. You are aware of this, aren’t you,”  asked one user on Twitter.

“These homosexual [teens] rent holiday villas in which they engage in singing and dancing…”: Ahmad Al-Mo...

Ahmad Al-Mohannadi (Source: alyoum.info)

In a July 15, 2019 article in the Qatari daily Al-Sharq titled “Trying to Look like Women,” journalist Ahmad Al-Mohannadi warned against what he called the “moral perversions” of homosexuality and transgenderism that he said were spreading in Qatari society. He attributed these phenomena to young people keeping “bad company,” being indulged by their parents and particularly by their mothers, and living extravagantly. He warned especially against young people spending time away from home, at hotels, house parties or on trips abroad, which provide opportunities for engaging in homosexual behavior. Al-Mohannadi urged to promote awareness of this phenomenon by turning a media spotlight on it, and called on all relevant elements – parents, schools and even the security apparatuses – to fight it by every possible means.