Schools in the UK are being told that mandating skirts for girls as part of a school uniform may be illegal, as it constitutes discrimination against female-to-male transsexuals.
The UK government’s Equality and Human Rights Commission published a report stating “requiring pupils to wear gender-specific clothes is potentially unlawful.”
Its concern over the plight of girls thinking they were boys, yet humiliated by being made to wear skirts, was particularly acute:
“Pupils born female with gender dysphoria experienced great discomfort being forced to wear stereotypical girls’ clothes — for example a skirt.”
The Commission hints darkly that schools refusing to abandon “discriminatory” uniforms may be subjected to “costly legal action” when the guidelines come into force.
The guidelines also extend rights formerly reserved for those diagnosed with “gender identity disorders” to all who might claim them, “regardless of whether or not they intend to undergo, are undergoing or have undergone gender reassignment.”
Previously such rights were the preserve of those who had acquired a medical diagnosis of some sort, although with children as young as 9 being given such dispensation these were evidently not hard to obtain.
The UK’s tiny minority of transsexuals, thought to number in the thousands, as elsewhere consists mostly of men or boys intent on becoming women; it is at any rate apparently not thought necessary to provide such children with female clothing in schools.