Toronto school board promotes curriculum encouraging students to cross-dress
TORONTO, Ontario, July 5, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Toronto District School Board is promoting a new curriculum guide encouraging students to cross dress.
Lee Hicks, an elementary school teacher, artist, and “trans activist” in Toronto wrote the 70-page long guide, called “Both/And”, for the school board.
The guide targets students in kindergarten to grade 6, and uses art and discussion to talk about issues of “identity” and “inclusivity.”
In the guide Hicks says, “I ask the class members to all take a minute, close their eyes, and think carefully about the outfit that they either have or wish they had to best describe their true self.”
“Directly after the idea of ‘what do you most want to draw yourself wearing’ has been suggested into the students’ brains, I read them 10 000 Dresses by Marcus Ewert,” Hicks says. “This book is about a kid named Bailey who happens to be born in a body that people read as ‘boy.’ She dreams of all of the dresses that she would wear if she could make what she saw in her head…. and if her family would realize that actually – she is a girl on the inside.”
The discussion questions for this story include asking both girls and boys which dress in the book they would most like to wear.
A video, also created by Lee Hicks and entitled Both/And, corresponds with the guide and is meant to be shown in class as part of the curriculum.
“Imagine a world where anyone can safely, and even joyfully, express themselves in the way they’ve always wanted to,” the video says.
The 13-minute video features a boy who puts a flower in his hair and at one point in the video dresses in feminine looking clothing.
The narrator of the video asks, “Can we begin to question bully questions like… are you a boy or a girl?”
“Nothing about the bodies they were born with or what they choose to do with those bodies, how they dress them or decorate them or move them would get that person laughed at or bullied or made to feel like the person they are most naturally is somehow less than anyone else,” the video says.
In his guide, Hicks criticizes “stereotyping” children as male or female, and says to focus on them instead “as people sharing similar needs, feelings, and aspirations.”
The video asks, “Can we begin to answer back with questions of our own?...Why does it matter so much if I am one or the other? Why do I have to be either/or? Why can’t I be both/and?”
Transsexualism is increasingly being pushed upon younger and younger children. Some children, as young as five years old, are now being diagnosed with “Gender Identity Disorder” (GID), and cross-dressing does not go far enough for them. Some are undergoing sex-reassignment therapy, which includes hormone therapy to change external masculine or feminine features, and eventually sex-reassignment surgery.
Paul McHugh, the chairman of the Johns Hopkins psychiatric department at Johns Hopkins University, has argued that performing such changes on a gender-confused individual is to “cooperate with a mental illness rather than try to cure it.”
Johns Hopkins closed its gender clinic after McHugh found in follow-up evaluations that most transgender patients’ psychological functioning had not improved.
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