Action Alert August 2016

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Stop The Gender Fairy

The Gender Fairy is a children’s book written for pre-school-aged children. According to the publisher’s blurb, “The Gender Fairy is a simple story about two children feeling the relief of being heard: Of two children who are taking their first joyful steps toward living as their true selves. It is an educational resource for all children and adults to understand what it might feel like to be a transgender child. For children aged four and up, The Gender Fairy is designed to be read aloud in the classroom, or at home. It includes notes for parents and teachers to aid discussion and learning, completed in collaboration with Roz Ward (La Trobe University). The key message of the book is “Only you know whether you are a boy or a girl. No one can tell you.”

The book’s author, Jo Hirst, has a child who identifies as being transgender. When Ms Hirst was unable to find a suitable resource to help her young son describe his experience of being transgender, she decided to write her own. The Gender Fairy is the outcome, a book designed to be read by children with their parents or teachers to support transgender children and their families. The Gender Fairy begins with a story of gender stereotyping – two babies are born and bought presents in pink or blue. Rather than acknowledging that those presents and the labelling as “girl” or “boy” are linked to anatomical features caused by genetics, the assumption is that gender is fluid and a matter of choice and feeling. So the gender fairy (who has a non-binary gender identity) answers questions for two young transgender children to reassure them that only they will be able – based on their feelings – to determine whether they are “girl” or “boy”.

Roz Ward, Manager of Safe Schools Coalition Victoria, collaborated with Jo Hirst in preparing the book’s accompanying parent and teacher notes. Roz Ward said, “It is great for schools to have books like this available to facilitate discussions with students around gender identity and different experiences people have.” Despite Jo Hirst declaring that The Gender Fairy is not a Safe Schools resource – a claim that she made on The Project on Wednesday 1 June 2016 – Roz Ward (a key leader in the Safe Schools Coalition) collaborated in the preparation of the notes for teachers, the Safe Schools website promotes the book, and Safe Schools encourages students and parents to ensure the book is made available in their school libraries.

So, here is a book that, although not specifically written and published by the Safe Schools Coalition and not specifically aimed at school-age children, is being promoted by Safe Schools. It is not a book about bullying – the issue that Safe Schools supposedly seeks to address – but a book designed to normalise trans-genderism in the minds of pre-school-age children. In reality, Safe Schools is advocating and promoting contested gender theory to children as young as four through its promotion of The Gender Fairy. And by targeting toddlers, Safe Schools is going against the directive of Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham that the Safe Schools program is only to be available in secondary schools and only after permission was given by parents.

Contact Senator Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training [PO Box 6100, Senate, Parliament House, Canberra, ACT, 2600, or telephone (02) 62777350, or email at the website www.aph.gov.au/Senator_Birmingham]. Thank the Minister for his directive to the Safe Schools Coalition that its program is only to be presented in secondary schools, but advise him that Safe Schools is promoting The Gender Fairy, a resource designed for children as young as four-years-of-age. Ask Senator Birmingham to specifically direct the Safe Schools Coalition to remove from its website all information about The Gender Fairy and to immediately stop promoting the book and making resources available for teachers and parents to use the book. Point out that gender identity theory is controversial and unproven, and that there is significant evidence that it is inaccurate.

It would then be appropriate to contact the principal of the school that your children or grandchildren attend to inquire whether The Gender Fairy is in the school library. If the book is there, tell the principal that you find the book offensive and ask for it to be removed from the library.

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Who will stand up for me against evildoers?
Who will take his stand for me against those who do wickedness?
Psalm 94:16

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