Girl Guides bosses are accused of peddling ‘claptrap’ with glossary of 100 gender and sexuality terms
- Britain’s biggest girls’ group has told staff to learn new words like ‘demisexual’
- Scouts sold £1.50 ‘trans fun’ and ‘pride fun’ badges for children as young as four
- Leaders are advised to ‘explore gender’ with girls by using ‘genderbread person’
Sir John Hayes, of the Common Sense group of MPs, said parents ‘don’t expect (children) to be indoctrinated with a lot of woke claptrap’
Britain’s biggest girls’ group has advised staff to learn a glossary of words such as ‘aromantic’, ‘demisexual’ and ‘agender’, saying ‘it might be worth printing it off… so you can reference it’ with children.
The glossary also includes ‘pansexual’ – ‘attraction for members of all gender identities/expressions’ – and ‘constellation’, the structure of polyamorous relationships. The guidance, first reported by the Sunday Express, encourages girls to learn the glossary in a task called the ‘vocabulary extravaganza’.
Sir John Hayes, of the Common Sense group of MPs, said parents ‘don’t expect (children) to be indoctrinated with a lot of woke claptrap’. It comes after the Daily Mail revealed the Scout Association sold a £1.50 ‘trans fun’ badge for children as young as four, alongside ‘bisexual fun’, ‘lesbian fun’ and ‘pride fun’ options.
A spokesman for Girlguiding said it believed children should ‘know the importance of embracing different identities’.
The guidance says: ‘There are so many identities and experiences within the LGBTQ+ community, the idea of talking about it… might feel overwhelming.
‘We’ve put together some simple advice, explained lots of terms and suggested activities that you can do with any section.’
The leaders are also advised to ‘explore gender’ with girls by using a controversial ‘genderbread person’ graphic, modelled on a gingerbread figure, which appears to show anatomical sex along a spectrum from zero to ‘female-ness’ and ‘male-ness’ at the other end.
The graphic has also been used in presentations for civil servants.
Stephanie Davies-Arai, founder of Transgender Trend, was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to children in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list
Girlguiding chiefs advised staff to learn a glossary of words such as ‘aromantic’, ‘demisexual’ and ‘agender’and to encourage girls to learn the glossary in a task called the ‘vocabulary extravaganza’ Pictured: Girl Guides logo
Stephanie Davies-Arai, founder of campaign group Transgender Trend, said the Genderbread graphic ‘presents a belief, an ideology around gender that is not scientifically based’, adding that it presents biological sex ‘around the subjective qualities of male-ness and female-ness rather than the objective material reality that it is’.
But Professor Monica Grady, a space scientist and the chancellor of Liverpool Hope university, told BBC Radio 4’s Broadcasting House programme yesterday that Guides ‘should be encouraged to understand’ issues around gender identity.