Over the last couple of years there's been a lot of media coverage of 'transgender' people and gender identity. Much of the interest began as a result of a BBC children's documentary, I Am Leo, in which viewers saw a child's efforts to be fully accepted as a boy. Leo says "although people saw me as a girl, I always knew I was really a boy."
What does 'transgender' mean?
There is a lot of confusion about what is meant by the word. The reason for the confusion is that activists like to suggest being 'transgender' is not particularly unusual. So, for example, although Leo admits being transgender is "not very common," only moments later he stresses there are THOUSANDS of transgender people in the UK. The documentary, which was aimed at children as young as six, will leave its audience with the distinct impression that people are either boys/men or girls/women - there was no suggestion that a person can be somewhere inbetween. The documentary makers aggressively utilize the concept of separate hormones for boys and girls.
If you now check the UK 'transgender' population you will notice that "current estimates indicate that some 650,000 people are “likely to be gender incongruent to some degree”." In fact, trans activists deliberately blur the distinction between those who are gender non-conforming and those who, like Leo, are actually convinced they are the opposite sex to that identified at birth.
The vast majority of that 650,000 estimate will be, for example, girls who like playing football, or boys who don't. In other words, any deviation from stereotypical or traditional gender norms has been used to swell the apparent 'trans' population.
It is important for parents, teachers and children themselves to understand that most transgender activists are acting CONTRARY TO THE PRINCIPLES OF DIVERSITY AND EQUALITY. There is absolutely no need for girls and boys to conform to stereotypes - hobbies, interests, mannerisms and sexual orientation have not the slightest impact on whether a child is a girl or a boy.