UK Department for Education removes charity for transgender children from school guidance after several scandals

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The UK Department for Education has removed a charity for transgender children as a mental health and wellbeing resource from official government guidelines after the organization was repeatedly embroiled in scandals.

Mermaids, a nonprofit whose website says it has “supported transgender, non-binary and gender-diverse children, young people and their families since 1995”, was removed from the UK guidelines on October 11 , according a government site.

The mermaids have found themselves in hot water on several occasions, most recently after a director resigned from the board this month following an unearthed 2011 speech he gave to B4U- Act, a Maryland-based organization that promotes services for people sexually attracted to minors.

Parents also expressed concern after it was revealed that children on the online mermaid forum were trying to move conversations about experimental hormone treatments and surgeries to less closely monitored platforms, according to The Times of London.

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Mermaids is a non-profit transgender rights organization based in Leeds, UK. The organization distanced itself from a former administrator who spoke of “people attracted to minors” in 2011.
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The sirens have been flush with taxpayers’ money, but the National Lottery recently suspended its £500,000 grant as the nonprofit is investigated by the country’s Charity Commission in amid allegations that she provided ‘breast ligatures’ to girls as young as 13 behind their parents’ backs, according to the London time.

The sirens didn’t respond at Fox News Digital’s request for comment at the time of publication.

Mermaids have also been listed as a resource in the UK. Cornwall Schools Transgender Guidelineswhich were originally published in 2015. The guidelines, which have been adopted by many schools across the UK, suggest how best to implement gender-neutral toilets and also encourage acceptance of cross-dressing and transitioning sex in children.

Department for Education on July 24, 2022 in London.

Department for Education on July 24, 2022 in London.
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The guidelines are being reassessed after the government recently settled in court with Christian parents Nigel and Sally Rowewho sued the UK Department for Education after a primary school called their son ‘transphobic’ when he was 6.

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Andrea Williams, chief executive of the Christian Legal Center who represented the Rowes, welcomed the Department for Education’s recent decision to strip mermaids of its advice.

British parents Nigel and Sally Rowe have taken legal action against their country's Department of Education after a school tagged their young son

British parents Nigel and Sally Rowe have taken legal action against their country’s Department of Education after a school branded their young son a ‘transphobe’.
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“We are delighted to see this small but significant change. It would not have been possible without Nigel and Sally Rowe’s courageous challenge to the Department for Education’s position, backed by ample evidence,” Williams said in a statement. statement provided to Fox News Digital. “The government must follow through and end its ‘inclusion at all costs’ policy.”

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Williams went on to say that part of the problem of transgender ideology being pushed among schoolchildren emerges from the Church of England, which she says still supports the mermaid ideology in their councils titled “Valuing all of God’s children.”

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby leads the opening service of the 15th Lambeth Conference at Canterbury Cathedral in Kent on July 31, 2022.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby leads the opening service of the 15th Lambeth Conference at Canterbury Cathedral in Kent on July 31, 2022.
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Williams said church councils “are increasingly being used in court to hammer Christians who believe what the Bible teaches – that each of us is made male or female, of equal but objectively different worth.”

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“The Church of England’s failure to speak with sincerity and compassion on this point hurts Christians and fails to protect countless children,” Williams said.

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