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to whom it may concern,

firstly, thank you for setting up this website. I think that freedom of speech and inequality in society means full transparency and accountability, no matter how 'marginalised' a group claims to be.

I would like to share my story about a trans child in my son's class. My son is 7 years old, and whilst I personally take great issue with allowing someone so young to change something as important as their gender, this story centres a child who the teachers are insisting we now refer to using female pronouns and the name Holly.

Prior to being called Holly, my son was good friends with this child. Now, however, he reports that 'she' brings up 'her' "gender" whenever 'she' gets in trouble. I tried speaking to the child's parents, but they simply told me it was none of my business and made disparaging comments about my religion.

The specific story I want to tell involves a toy called 'bop it', that gives orders which the child then follows: such as 'hit it', or 'pull it'. I believe the toy fosters good listening and attention to detail; yet when my son was playing with the toy, Holly came over and took it from him. When he complained, Holly then said that 'she' would play bop-it with him instead. At this point, 'she' began pulling on my son's limbs, as well as hitting him in the nose, whilst saying "bop-it!" and "hit-it!". My son was utterly humiliated.

the teachers have refused to punish Holly for fear of getting in trouble, and now my son hates his 'bop it' toy, even though it was only this most recent holiday season that I bought it for him. Now, my own son is talking about changing his gender, and I believe it is so he can fit in with 'Holly' and bring 'her' merciless bullying to an end. I appreciate being given the opportunity to speak about this distressing situation, even if anonymously.

Regards, a concerned father." #bullying #transchild

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Babies and Toddlers taught LGBTQ Curriculum at Victorian Day Care Centre Last Wednesday was my son’s last day at his daycare centre. I made the decision to abruptly pull him out of this centre upon scanning a recent email informing parents that the children would be the latest pawns in an “inclusivity” agenda to combat homophobia, biphobia and transphobia for the May 17th IDAHOBIT DAY. This would be called “Rainbow Day” and the small children, who can barely talk, would participate in activities indoctrinating them into radical gender theory. Feeling sideswiped by the news of IDAHOBIT day at the daycare, I called the centre manager. I was informed that not only was Rainbow Day on the agenda but that LGBTQ material was a “part of the children’s curriculum”. Now, I am very supportive of adults making their own decisions about how they live their lives, but I will never accept using children to make a group of adults feel validated about these decisions and lifestyles, especially regarding the topic of sex. It is no longer about doing what is best for the kids – but about making a group of adults feel better for the sake of “inclusivity”. This is the definition of narcissism, and we should know better. In Victoria in 2011, there were around a dozen referrals to the Royal Children’s Hospital of young people under aged 18 seeking gender treatment. In 2020 that number was just under 500, and last year in 2021 it was over 800. That was just in Victoria. These numbers are consistent with trends in both the US and the UK. Ask yourselves, parents, do we as adults bear the responsibility for any of this? What are we pushing our children towards, and who stands to gain over the long term from medicalizing and sterilizing children for life? Australian parents, check your school’s diversity, equity and inclusion policies, look at the curriculum for health and wellbeing lessons, and know if there are any outside organizations being brought in to facilitate these lessons. If you find subject matter that simultaneously flies in the face of biological reality, science, human reason, and history, you have an ideological doctrine on your hands. We have no choice but to be hyper-vigilant of what is happening in schools, even for the very young.

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My 12 year old daughter came home from school today with a they/them pronoun badge. She attends a public high school in Melbourne. The badges were being handed out for free at lunchtime. The options were she/her, he/him, she/they, he/they and they/them. She chose she/they as she thought it was the least-worst option, but ended up swapping with a friend as the friend had been unable to get her first choice of badge.

One of the reasons I choose to send my children to public schools is that I wish to avoid religious indoctrination (there are very few independent schools that do not have religious affiliations, and the ones that do are very expensive), but it seems to me that there's a new religion in town and it's being pushed at public schools without an opt-out option. Adolescence is a tumultuous time, and teens are so easily influenced by their peers. I know of entire friendship groups coming out as non-binary or trans in this same school. I am deeply concerned that they are being taught that they can easily change sex well before they are old enough to understand the life-long ramifications of attempting to do so.

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