Toronto school board promotes curriculum encouraging students to cross-dress
by Katie Craine
Thu Jul 05, 2012 15:21 EST
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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.
A picture from the both/and curriculum.
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.
Ontario high school selects ‘transgender’ man as prom queen
by Thaddeus Baklinski
Thu Jul 05, 2012 16:58 EST
TRENTON, Ontario, July 5, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - At their graduation prom on June 22, attendees at Trenton High School voted an 18-year-old man who now lives as a woman to be this year’s prom queen.
Connor Ferguson, who said he was “really surprised” at being made prom queen, told the Trentonian, “I’ve lived as I am for four years now, so I believe the ‘shock value’ is gone and most people just accept me for me.”
He had high praise for his school which he said is very tolerant of homosexual and transgendered students, attributing this to the anti-bullying campaign the school holds annually. “It took some time for quite a few people, but the school and staff definitely helped with that, and my group of friends was endlessly supportive. I think people accept you a lot more when you stick up for yourself and have enough confidence to be yourself,” Ferguson said.
Asked what he would advise people who he described as “trans-phobic,” Connor said, “I would want to tell them I really am like any other girl.”
But Gwen Landolt of REAL Women of Canada told LifeSiteNews she saw the situation as a case of “self-deception.”
“It indicates that the staff at the school are not that intellectually perceptive,” Landolt said, suggesting that celebrating a young man as a prom queen is deceiving the students under their care and themselves.
Landolt pointed out that “sex reassignment therapy” remains a highly controversial practice among the psychiatric community. One prominent psychiatrist, Dr. Paul McHugh, the University Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University, famously concluded that to perform such changes on a gender-confused individual was 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 transgendered patients’ psychological functioning had not improved.
“I have witnessed a great deal of damage from sex-reassignment,” wrote Dr. McHugh, in an article titled Surgical Sex in 2009. “The children transformed from their male constitution into female roles suffered prolonged distress and misery as they sensed their natural attitudes. Their parents usually lived with guilt over their decisions — second-guessing themselves and somewhat ashamed of the fabrication, both surgical and social, they had imposed on their sons.”
“We psychiatrists… would do better to concentrate on trying to fix their minds and not their genitalia,” he concluded.