Stonewall was had to retract a tweet in which it suggested that two-year-olds may be transgender. The LGBT+ organisation responded to a story about a “non-conforming” four-year-old in a tweet posted on their official account last week.
The Tweet said: “Research suggests that children as young as two recognise their trans identity.
“Yet, many nurseries and schools teach a binary understanding of pre-assigned gender.
“LGBTQ-inclusive and affirming education is crucial for the wellbeing of all young people!”
Some individuals online, like former Olympic swimmer Sharron Davies, have criticised the statements. Ms Davies said: “If you are a company or institution you need very seriously to revisit your links to stonewall!
“Any organisation suggesting Two-year-olds are gender non conforming (whatever the hell that is anyway – I spent all my youth with short hair, up a tree playing with lads) is to be questioned.”
However, Stonewall later explained its remarks in a statement released on Monday. The statement said: “We were commenting on an article written by a parent reflecting on how their child was being cared for at nursery.
“The parent was worried that their child was being pressured to fit in with stereotypes about boys and girls.
“While we don’t actively work on nursery education, we believe that young children should be able to play, explore and learn about who they are, and the world around them, without having adults’ ideas imposed upon them.
“We support existing provisions to ensure primary and secondary school pupils learn about LGBTQ+ identities in an age-appropriate and timely manner.”