Nurseries are encouraging children to question their gender by reading them stories that challenge male and female stereotypes.
Books including characters who believe the are the wrong gender will be read to children as young as three after LGBT inclusion group Educate and Celebrate put them on nursery and primary school reading lists.
One features a teddy bear named Thomas, who says ‘in my heart, I’ve always known that I am a girl teddy’, according to The Sunday Times.
Educate and Celebrate, which was funded by the the Department for Education, has backed dozens of schools in adopting gender-neutral toilets and uniforms.
Stories encourage girls to consider a career in fire-fighting and boys to cook dinner for their families.
Introducing Teddy, which is published by Bloomsbury, features an exchange between Thomas and his friend Errol, in which Thomas says: ‘I need to be myself, Errol. ‘
In my heart, I’ve always known that I am a girl teddy, not a boy teddy. I wish my name was Tilly, not Thomas.’
Another on the list is a picture book called Are You a Boy or Are You a Girl? The story’s main character, Tiny, questions their gender identity and discussion topics are listed at the back of the book, including: ‘Does it matter if Tiny is a boy or a girl? Should Tiny be allowed to play football and dress up as a fairy?’
Campaign for Real Education chairman Chris McGovern branded the move a mistake.
‘I do not question the intentions of the people using and promoting this material, but it is misguided,’ he said.
‘They are inflicting adult neuroses about gender onto children who are not interested in gender. Children do not have issues about their gender in 99.9% of cases.
Democrat fundraiser Matthew Lieberman was charged with multiple felonies after allegedly pointing a gun at someone and yelling “racial slurs.”
The incident allegedly occurred in St. Louis at Skinker Boulevard and Interstate 64.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the individual at whom Lieberman allegedly pointed a gun was standing at an Amoco station. He is then alleged to have fired several rounds at the gas station. Investigators who studied the station’s surveillance film said Lieberman can be seen on it and “bullet casings at the scene matched the make and model of bullet casings found in Lieberman’s car.”
After allegedly shooting at the Amoco, “Lieberman was at the Jack in the Box on Hampton Avenue, shouting racial epithets at maintenance workers.” He then allegedly fired several shots from inside his Mercedes.
He was arrested Wednesday and charged with “unlawful use of a weapon and armed criminal action.” One of the charges also carries a hate crime enhancement, as police officers indicated Lieberman’s “conduct and use of epithets indicate his actions to be motivated by race.”
Lieberman “has been a longtime fundraiser for Democrats in Missouri, including former St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay.” He lives in St. Louis.
His bail is set at $200,000.