School children who identify as trans go through “nothing more than a phase”, a Tory MP has said.
Nick Fletcher, MP for Don Valley in South Yorkshire, has sent a letter to all schools in his constituency asking them to each state their position on the ‘trans issue’.
He also urges schools to ‘push back’ children who question their gender identity, and suggests the ‘transgender way of life’ is glorified.
“I simply believe that boys are boys and girls are girls,” Fletcher’s letter reads.
“There are obviously some who may feel different about that.
“I remember in my childhood there were girls who were considered ‘tomboys’ and usually or probably prepubescent boys who liked girls’ company more, so that’s nothing new in itself.
“What’s new is the way it’s now perceived. What’s coming out of the media is that our children and young people now see that they can be or actually are transgender when it comes to feeling like a boy or a girl.
“The books that make this ideology acceptable and the media in all their forms that glorify this transgender lifestyle are, I’m afraid, reaffirming something that is nothing more than a phase.
“I understand that schools sometimes feel like they have to be everything to everyone and are afraid of being categorized as transphobic.
“But rest assured that it is desperately necessary to push this back and if you do, I will defend you at all times and defend your resolve.”
Mr. Fletcher has previously criticized the idea of women playing traditionally male screen rolessuggesting that young men were committing crimes because positive male role models on television were replaced by female characters.
Speaking during an International Men’s Day debate at Westminster Hall last November, Mr Fletcher highlighted the struggles faced by many young boys, telling MPs that a number of them were late for school.
Mr Fletcher told the debate that there seems to be a ‘small but very vocal minority’ who want a female replacement for ‘every male character or good role model’.
“In recent years we’ve seen Doctor Who, Ghostbusters, Luke Skywalker, the Equalizer all replaced by women, and the men ended up with the Krays and Tommy Shelby (from crime drama Peaky Blinders),” the MP said. of Don Valley.
“Is it any wonder that so many young men commit crimes?
“These programs make crime cool.
“Believe me, a life in prison isn’t cool and neither is living with the memory of a stabbed son or daughter.”
Jodie Whittaker became the first female Doctor Who in 2017, while a 2016 Ghostbusters remake featured an all-female lineup in the lead roles.
At the time of his remarks, Mr Fletcher came under fire from Liberal Democrat MP Alistair Carmichael, who told the Commons: ‘It looks like Nick Fletcher has stepped into the Tardis and taken a trip back to the 1950s where his attitude belongs.”
Mr Fletcher, who became an MP in 2019, later posted a statement on Twitter saying his ‘nuanced point’ had been ‘misinterpreted’.
“As has been lazily alleged by several people, I have made no connection between a Dr Who being a woman and a crime committed by men,” he said.
“I was actually saying that boys and young men need positive role models in the media too, just like women.
“Boys need positive male role models, and that’s a point I will keep repeating and never apologize for making.”
Mr. Fletcher has been contacted for comment.
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