Charity: Record Number of Children Claiming to Be Wrong Gender

Children are ringing an emergency helpline in record numbers to say they are the wrong gender, a charity has said. The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), which runs the Childline helpline, says it held an average eight telephone counselling sessions per day in 2015-16 with children who believed they were the wrong gender. As transgenderism becomes increasingly prominent in the mainstream media and liberal culture, and universities adopt “gender-neutral” speech codes to avoid offending people, an increasing number of children are taking cues to question their gender. The figures, reported in The Times, show the number of gender-based counselling sessions has more than doubled since Childline first began recording data on the issue in 2012-13, when there were 1,102 sessions. Since then, children have been increasingly drawn into gender politics by campaigners. Last year, international toy retailer Toys R Us announced it would stop labelling its products as being aimed at boys or girls on its British website, following a campaign by feminist activists. Campaign group Let Toys Be Toys, which had accused toy sellers of promoting “archaic gender roles and stifling stereotypes”, welcomed the decision, saying: “This shows a real effort being made to be