Children as young as seven are to be taught in schools to stop using the terms 'boys' and 'girls' – in case they discriminate against transgender pupils.
A guidebook for teachers, parents and pupils to be sent to schools around Britain advises against using language that suggests there are only two genders. It also condemns saying 'ladies' and 'gents'.
Instead the book – described as 'damaging' by critics – offers a bewildering array of alternative terms to describe gender and sexuality. Children who think of themselves as being the gender with which they were born are described as 'cisgender'. Other terms offered include 'panromantic', 'intersex' and 'genderqueer'.
The book – Can I Tell You About Gender Diversity? – also features the use of hormone blockers by a fictional 12-year-old 'transitioning' from female to male in order to stop the onset of puberty. The treatment is controversially available to children on the NHS, as first revealed by The Mail on Sunday.
Billed by the publishers as 'the first book to explain medical transitioning for children aged seven and above', it is distributed by Educate & Celebrate, a Government-funded body that goes into primary and secondary schools to give lessons on 'gender diversity'.