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UKIP Press Release - Transgender Issues

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Read UKIP's latest statement on the Transgender issue.

UKIP believes that it is the right of every person to believe, and publicly state, that there are as many genders as they wish and that a person can change their gender, irrespective of scientific reality.

UKIP also believes that it is the right of every person to believe, and publicly state, that there are only two genders, male and female and that a person cannot change their gender.

There must be no adverse legal consequences for people expressing either view.  UKIP believes in Free Speech within a moral context, a right enshrined within Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights, incorporated into our law via the Human Rights Act 1998.

UKIP believes that sex education, including transgender issues, must be imparted only by those with graduate-level knowledge of the biological processes involved.  It should be covered wholly in the Science National Curriculum, not PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education).

Teaching must be carried out in an objective, balanced manner, as is the case with other controversial topics (e.g., GM crops).  Benefits accruing to the transgender person from a full change should be assessed against potential health risks and the complications, or impossibility, of reversal, should the subject subsequently change his or her mind.

Michael Walker

UKIP Education Spokesman