Keep trans lobby group Mermaids out of primary schools
Mermaids, the controversial UK charity that promotes the cause of ‘transgender children’ has been the subject of a number of scandalous headlines which have revealed what many members of the UK public already suspect - namely that this 'charity' is not fit for purpose!
In recent years under the direction of former IT manager Susie Green who has no professional medical qualifications, Mermaids has evolved from being an amateur support group run by parents for other parents of children with gender dysphoria, to being seen as the UK's leading authority on transgender children. Mermaids has managed to achieve institutional capture and is embedded in every single public body, delivering training sessions in schools, police forces and county councils across the country.
Recently a secret recording was made of one of Mermaids’ training sessions in a UK primary school in which a member of Mermaids’ staff demonstrated a disturbing lack of knowledge, peddling fake facts, an incorrect understanding of the law and junk science to teachers and bullying one of the school governors when they attempted to challenge the inaccuracies being presented as fact. The trainer displayed an alarming disregard for child safeguarding procedures, advising teachers to withhold important information from parents.
This is not the first time concerns have been voiced about Mermaids. In April 2019, five members of staff from the UK’s only specialist clinic for transgender children quit, citing how they had been put under huge amounts of pressure to fast-track children, including some as young as 3, onto treatment for gender identity disorder, or else face accusations of transphobia. Clinic staff reported that Mermaids were helping families write letters of complaint if their children were not immediately prescribed puberty blockers, with one letter even being signed by Susie Green, herself. Clinicians also cited concerns that Mermaids had been coaching young children and their families in what to say to speed up the assessment process.
Now the news has broken that Mermaids has breached the confidentiality of vulnerable children by publishing emails from their parents directly onto the internet where anyone could read them. These emails contained intimate details about the children along with their identifying details. Mermaids also published letters from families accusing the organisation of behaving like a cult and complaining that underage children had being allowed to drink alcohol while attending a Mermaids summer retreat away from their parents.
It is time for the plug to be pulled on this charity and for an urgent investigation and review into their activities. Mermaids is currently in receipt of £500,000 National Lottery grant, a £128,000 grant from the BBC’s Children in Need and a £35,000 grant from the government. Public money is being lavished on an organisation which cannot even get its basic facts correct and which is deliberately misleading parents.
Mermaids campaigns for the ban on children being given cross-sex hormones and surgery to be lifted and distorts the figures on suicides in order to emotionally manipulate people into affirming harmful life-changing treatment for children. The number of children being referred to the Gender Identity clinic has risen by 700% over the past five years - that's almost three times the rate of the adult referral rate, yet it is recognised that well over 80% of children who present with identity problems will come to accept and be happy with the body with which they were born. At the same time as this rise in children with reported gender dysphoria, there has been a corresponding explosion of gender ideology into public life and the public consciousness with Mermaids at the forefront, calling for existing sex-based protections for women and girls to be swept away in the name of inclusion.
We are calling for an urgent review into Mermaids, and in order to ensure that children's safety is not compromised, for the Education Secretary to prohibit them from being able to carry out any training or advisory work within primary schools.
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Petition to: The Secretary of State for Education