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Isle of Wight Youth Trust 'open to all young people — regardless of gender identity'

Mairead Healy of the Isle of Wight Youth Trust. Picture by Robin Crossley.

Mairead Healy of the Isle of Wight Youth Trust. Picture by Robin Crossley.

a County Press reporter

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 14:43

THE Isle of Wight Youth Trust has spoken out in support of 'young people of all gender identities' in the wake of a row at an Island school, which has made national headlines this week.
Freshwater couple Nigel and Sally Rowe have threatened to take their son's primary school to a tribunal after a six-year-old boy was allowed to wear a dress in class.
“A child age six would sometimes come to school as a girl, or sometimes come to school as a boy. Our concerns were raised when our son came back home saying he was confused as to why and how a boy was now a girl," the couple told the Sunday Times.
In a statement issued today (Wednesday), Isle of Wight Youth Trust executive director Mairead Healy said: “We were saddened to hear the news that an Island family has withdrawn their child from school and is looking to sue the school in response to this issue. Our thoughts are with the children and young people who have been involved or affected by the news over the weekend.
“We would like to reiterate that our services are open to all young people on the Isle of Wight who need professional support, regardless of their gender identity. We would also like to acknowledge the excellent work that is carried out by Breakout Youth in supporting transgender and gender questioning young people here on the Isle of Wight.”
Isle of Wight Pride said it was 'shocked and saddened' by the row.
For more on this story — including an interview with the couple and reaction to their decision — please see the Isle of Wight County Press, Friday, September 15.

 


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