UK primary schools will offer more inclusive sex ed curriculum by teaching students that boys can have periods too.
The alteration to schools’ sex education programs was recently approved by local shire, Brighton & Hove City Council, The Sun reports. It is believed this will affect every public school in the seaside city south of London.
“Trans boys and men and non-binary people may have periods,” Brighton & Hove Council’s guidelines to teachers read.
“It’s important for all genders to be able to learn and talk about menstruation together.”
The council also recommends the schools in its district place sanitary bins in both boys’ and girls’ toilets.
But not everyone is happy with the change.
Tory MP David Davies described it as “insanity” that teachers would explain the idea of transgender boys having periods to eight-year-olds.
“Learning about periods is already a difficult subject for children that age, so to throw in the idea girls who believe they are boys also have periods will leave them completely confused,” he told the Mail On Sunday.
Brighton & Hove City Council told the publication that it hopes its new guidance to teachers will “reduce stigma”.
“By encouraging effective education on menstruation and puberty, we hope to reduce stigma and ensure no child or young person feels shame in asking for period products inside or outside of school if they need them,” a statement read.
“We believe that it’s important for all genders to be able to learn and talk about menstruation together… Our approach recognises the fact that some people who have periods are trans or non-binary.”
Last year a transgender artist, Cass Clemmer, posted a photo of themselves menstruating along with a poem about how hard it was for them to come to terms with their period.
Cass, who prefers “they” pronouns, said periods were “traumatic for me”
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Y’all know I’m trans and queer, And what that means for me all around, Is something that’s neither there nor here, It’s a happy, scary middle ground. So when I talk gender inclusion, And I wrote these rhymes to help you see, I’m not tryna bring up something shallow, Periods are honestly pretty traumatic for me. See my life is very clearly marked, Like a red border cut up a nation, A time before and a time beyond, The mark of my first menstruation. So let me take you back, To the details that I can still recall, Of the day I gained my first period, And the day that I lost it all. I was 15 and still happy, Running around, all chest bared and buck, Climbing trees, digging holes, And no one gave a single fuck. I mean I think my ma was worried, So I went and grew out my locks, A sign I was normal, still a girl, A painted neon sign for my gender box. So, the day I got my period, My god, a day so proud, This little andro fucked up kid, Had been bestowed the straight, cis shroud. The relief got all meshed up in my pain, In that moment, I sat down and cried, Just thanking god I was normal, While mourning the freedom that had died. Everyone told me my hips would grow, I looked at them and couldn’t stop crying, “What’s wrong with you? You’ll be a woman!” They kept celebrating a child dying. See my body had betrayed me, That red dot, the wax seal, On a contract left there broken, A gender identity that wasn’t real. Most people deal with blood and tissue, And yet my body forces me to surrender, Cause every time I get my cycle, Is another day I shed my gender. My boobs betray me first, I feel them stretching out my binder, I send up questions, “am I cursed?” And wish to god that she was kinder. The five days it flows, I try to breathe, I dissociate, While my body rips outs parts of me, Leaving nothing but a shell of hate. The blood drips from an open wound, Of a war waging deep inside my corpse, The battle between mind and body, Immovable object; unstoppable force. #bleedingwhiletrans #menstruator #genderinclusion #mencanmenstruate #protectranskids #periodpride #genderdysphoria #menstruationmatters #ifmenhadperiods [PLEASE SHARE!????]