A VIDEO produced by the BBC for school children has said there are 100 or more gender identities – despite GPs recognising six.
The idea is put forward in material produced by BBC Teach to support the personal, social and health education curriculum in schools.
In one of the videos entitled ‘Identity – Understanding sexual and gender identities’ – pupils ask teachers a number of questions about the topic.
In the video a boy asks “what are the different gender identities?” to which Kyra, a head teacher, replies “that’s a really, really exciting question”.
The video then cuts to Kate Daniels, a Relationships and Sex Education teacher, who says: “You know there are so many gender identities.
“We know that we have got male and female, but there are over 100, if not more, gender identities now.
“People might think they’re bi-gender and then you’ve got some people who might call themselves gender-queer, who are just like: ‘I don’t really want to be anything in particular. I am just going to be me.’”
The Royal College of General Practitioners recognises six genders in a recent position statement.
These are male, female, gender-neutral, non-binary, gender-fluid and gender-queer.
Stephanie Davies-Arai, founder of Transgender Trend, which represents parents concerned about and increase in diagnosis of kids as transgender, told the Sunday Times: “This is made-up nonsense.
“People are free to identify as anything they like, but this does not change the reality that there are only two sexes.