"Let's continue to plot how we are going to make change in our parts of the world, in our communities, in our hearts and minds and in our public policies"
A selection of UK schools are handing out pronoun stickers and badges in a move to help transgender pupils feel more supported. In an effort to tackle ‘misgendering’ – the act of addressing a person using the wrong pronoun – in the classroom, Brighton and Hove City Council has this week launched a campaign across secondary schools and colleges. According to the Independent, the stickers and badges will indicate whether the wearer would like to be addressed as “he”, “she” or “they”, with some left blank so people can write their own pronoun.
Antidepressant prescriptions were dispensed over 70 million times in England last year, figures show, nearly doubling in a decade. A total of 70.9 million items used to treat conditions such as depression and anxiety were given out in 2018, according NHS Digital data. The overall cost of prescriptions dispensed in the community in England decreased by 3.7 per cent last year, from £9.2bn in 2017 to £8.8bn in 2018.
It's poignant reviewing a book after it’s been debunked, but that’s the case, I fear, with Gina Rippon’s The Gendered Brain. The institutions with a vested interest in pink for girls and blue for boys are the companies that produce, say, toy pianos in those colours (they exist, alas) — it suits them if parents can’t let the boy inherit his sister’s but have to buy the blue one… ditto gendered babygros.
“I want other parents to know that if their child is going through this, they're not alone and it can be a beautiful thing.”
People accused the network bosses of being "inconsistent" in their rules.