A BBC Television program directed at young children came under fire concerning a story-line about an 11-year old transgender character taking hormone blockers.
British parents and political leaders are outraged over the transgender story-line in “Just A Girl,” a show aimed at children as young as six, reports the Mirror.
Peter Bone, a Tory Member of Parliament, called the show “inappropriate” and said he would demand the show be removed.
“It beggars belief that the BBC is making this program freely available to children as young as six. I entirely share the anger of parents who just want to let children be children,” he said.
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“Just A Girl” features an 11 year-old transgender girl named Amy. Amy reveals in the show that she was actually born a boy named Ben. Amy now dresses in girl clothes and tells Josh, a boy who wants to be a girl, that she is taking hormone blockers.
“My Mum supported me when I did a PowerPoint presentation to my class about transitioning and that I wasn’t going to come to school in boys’ clothes any more, but girls’ clothes. I wasn’t Ben, I was Amy,” Amy declares in the show.
Hormone blockers prevent puberty from happening; it usually makes sexchange surgeries easier for transgender persons later on.
A mother writing on Mumsnet, an advice website for parents, declared that the show is “reckless” and “damaging” for young children to watch.
“Don’t think this is remotely suitable for a seven-year-old. To start suggesting that children can be transgender when they’re far too young to actually have a gender is reckless and damaging. A small boy who is told that he can become a girl may take this as meaning that sex changes are possible, that sometime in the future he’ll wake up with a girl’s body,” the user wrote.
A BBC spokesperson defended the show as portraying relatable struggles for many children.
“CBBC aims to reflect true life, providing content that mirrors the lives of as many UK children as possible,” the spokesperson said.