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💬 This week:
- Schools guidance. Press reports of 'transgender guidance' for schools this week have presented a confusing picture - let's get to the bottom of it.
- Madonna. Has the pop megastar come out as gay? And why are furniture-related TikToks so full of queer symbolism?
- Jessica Rabbit, Ace Icon. Just because Mrs Rabbit looks great doesn't mean she can't be asexual, Tyger Songbird reminds us in the Queer Gaze.
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🎓📃 What is really happening with guidance for schools on trans pupils?
TL;DR: Nothing, yet - despite a lot of press coverage this week. The government and the National Education Union are both working on potential guidance for schools and teachers on accommodating trans youth, and the right-wing press have decided to get in early on criticising it.
It’s not easy being trans at school. It’s not easy being a teacher who wants to support trans kids in a climate of hate towards trans folk. But there is not a lot of support available.
Last year, the government was working on guidance that highlighted the experience of trans kids. It could have helped support those kids and their teachers, but it was scrapped after a ministerial intervention.
Now, both the government and the National Education Union (NEU) are separately working on new guidance - but it’s come under attack in the press before it’s even been drafted.
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