Most people are aware now aware of the existence and content of the Safe Schools program and the beliefs of its founder and avid Marxist Roz Ward. The program aims to indoctrinate children into the LGBT agenda and teach them radical gender theory. Despite the backlash against the program from concerned parents and citizens it still exists federally and in its unfiltered form in Victoria.
The size of the backlash has eventually led to even the socialist Labor government of Victoria under Daniel Andrews removing Latrobe University’s operation of the program where Roz Ward works and having it operated under the state education department. Given Roz Ward last year described the Australian flag as racist and tried to remove a Trump supporter’s hat when selling copies of the Socialist Alternative’s Red Flag newspaper even they recognised she was a liability.
But while you can remove Roz Ward from operating the program you certainly cannot remove the fact that the program was written under her direction reflecting her worldview. But it is also important to point out the whole gender theory and fluidity push to children was not all created and implemented by Ward herself. She has friends who share her radical views and they are worthy of as much scrutiny as Ward.
One of her friends is Jo Hirst who is a primary school teacher who has written the book ‘The Gender Fairy’ which tells the story of two transgender children. She has a child who was born a girl who from the age of six has lived as boy. The book is marketed to parents and teachers to read to children as young as four and educate them about gender identity and transgenderism. The book states a child can identify as whatever they feel like and that other children should use gender-neutral pronouns.
The book’s promotional website boasts that children are easier to indoctrinate about gender theory. It also says that simply just letting children play with their preferred toys or their preferred activity is not enough, children should be encouraged to transition rather than just be left alone. It is stated that this book will not encourage children to change their gender but the growing number of transgender children worldwide would suggest that it would play a role.
It is also worth pointing out that this book is not written by some fringe activis: Jo Hirst is embraced by the mainstream political left. The book was launched by Victoria’s Minister for Equality Martin Foley in a primary school when it was released in 2015. Hirst has been given publicity by major media outlets such as the ABC and Fairfax. It should also come as no surprise that the teachers’ and parents’ notes were prepared by none other than Roz Ward.
The foreword for ‘The Gender Fairy’ was written by Dr Michelle Telfer who is the other significant figure promoting gender theory to children. She is the director of the Royal Children’s Hospital gender service in Melbourne where most transgender children in Victoria are taken by psychological assessment and approved for both legal and medical transitions. She is one of key deciders and influencers about whether a child will take the life changing and eventually body-changing decisions to transition genders.
Referrals to her gender clinic have risen from 1 in 2003 to 250 last year which Telfer just puts down to greater awareness of transgenderism. She denies that there is any element of what is termed trans-trenderism where it is seen as cool to be transgender. She believes that most children who show signs of gender dysphoria in childhood will be transgender in adulthood.
Telfer has appeared in numerous sympathetic television programs about transgender children, which gives the concept the stamp of medical authority, even though there are doctors out there who do object to children transitioning at such an early age. Telfer also happens to be a strong supporter of the Safe Schools program.
These two activists are just as dangerous as Ward is to our children who should just be allowed to enjoy their childhood and not be indoctrinated into this confusing gender theory. Of course, boys and girls should be allowed to do the activity they most enjoy, from the beginning of time there have always been girlie boys and tomboys and most of the time children grow out of them.
There should not be this encouragement for children to make life changing decisions such as changing their gender so early in life. Of course transgender people exist and sometimes it is the right decision for them to transition but it should not be taken lightly or seen as just being a simple lifestyle choice, it is a life changing one. Children who do present gender nonconforming behaviour should be free from bullying but professionals should adapt a ‘wait and see’ policy and decisions about formal gender transitions should be deferred until they are more mature.
Hirst and Telfer, as people in positions of such influence and authority, should not be promoting radical and potentially dangerous gender theory to children. Their actions should certainly be held to same scrutiny as Roz Ward has been.