Around 80 schools in the UK have come up with a unique idea that suggests ‘gender neutral’ uniforms, allowing boys to wear skirts and girls don trousers according to their choices. The overture is aimed at Britain’s new government-funded drive for educational institutions to be more sensitive to ‘trans’ children. The schools have either avoided references to girls and boys in their dress codes or have rewrite their uniform policy and children as young as five can dress in the uniform in which they feel most comfortable.

The decision comes in the wake of a new UK government-funded drive for schools to be more sensitive to ‘trans’ children who are questioning their gender identity. To support this, the uniform policy is supposed to be gender neutral which means that all children are expected to wear school uniform, the rules for boys and girls are the same and they should not be insisted that they wear specific items of clothing.

Transgender people may be termed as those who identify as transsexual are usually people who are born with typical male or female anatomies but feel as though they’ve been born into the ‘wrong body.’ For example, a transgender or transsexual person may have typical female anatomy but feels like a male and seek to become male by taking hormones or electing to have sex reassignment surgeries.

People who have intersex conditions possess anatomy that is not considered typically male or female. A number of people with intersex conditions come to medical attention because they are noticed to be having something aberrant about their bodies. On the other hand, people who are transgendered have an internal experience of gender identity that is different from most people.

However, transgender and transsexual people should not be confused with people with intersex conditions because they see two groups of people who would like to choose their own gender identity. Sometimes, those choices require hormonal treatments and/or surgery. These are similarities. Despite all these similarities, these two groups should not be and cannot be thought of as one. The reality is that a majority of people with intersex conditions identify as male or female rather than transgender or transsexual. Thus, where all people who identify as transgender or transsexual experience problems with their gender identity, only a small portion of intersex people experience these problems.


Transgender people come to know about their transgender identity in a variety of ways and may become aware of it at any age. Some can discern their transgender identities and feelings back to their earliest memories. They may have an obscure feeling of ‘not fitting in’ with people of their assigned sex or specific wishes to be something other than their assigned sex. Others may become cognizant of their transgender identities or gender-nonconforming attitudes and behaviours during juvenescence or much later in life. Some transgender people, transsexuals in particular, experience intense dissatisfaction with their sex assigned at birth, physical sex characteristics, or the gender role associated with that sex. These individuals often seek gender-affirming treatments.

Parents may be worried about a child who appears to be gender-nonconforming for various reasons. Some children are quite distressful about their assigned sex at birth or the gender roles they are expected to follow. Some children face difficult social interactions with peers and adults because of their gender expression. Parents may pay attention when what they believed to be a ‘phase’ does not pass. Parents of gender-nonconforming children have to work with schools and other institutions to address their children’s particular needs and ensure their children’s safety. It would be helpful to consult with experts and professionals who are familiar with gender issues in children to decide how to best address these concerns. Forcing the child to act in a more gender-conforming way won’t work. Peer support from other parents of gender-nonconforming children may also be helpful.

Anti-discrimination laws in most countries do not protect transgender people from discrimination based on gender identity or gender expression. As a result, they face discrimination in nearly every facet of their lives. They experience a great deal of discrimination in employment, education, health care, housing, legal systems, and even in their families. They are the targets of hate crimes and the victims of subtle discrimination—which includes everything from glances or glares of disavowal or discomfort to invasive questions about their body parts.


  • Anatomies


Contextual Meaning(s) : noun; the human body

Synonyms : figure, shape

  • Aberrant


Contextual Meanings(s) : adjective; deviating from what is normal or desirable

Synonyms : unusual, abnormal

  • Cognizant


Contextual Meaning(s) : adjective; (sometimes followed by ‘of’) having or showing knowledge or understanding or realization or perception

Synonyms : aware

  • Discern


Contextual Meaning(s) : verb; perceive, recognize, or understand

Synonyms : recognize

  • Disavowal


Contextual Meaning(s) : noun; a disowning

Synonyms : disapproval, denial

  • Facet


Contextual Meaning(s): noun; a distinct feature or element in a problem

Synonyms: aspect

  • Invasive


Contextual Meaning(s) : adjective; involving an intrusion or infringement, e.g. of somebody’s privacy or rights

Synonyms : intruding

  • Juvenescence


Contextual Meaning(s) : noun; the act or process of growing from childhood to youth

Synonyms : adolescence, youthfulness

  • Overture


Contextual Meaning(s) : noun; a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others

Synonyms : move, act

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