A new children’s book is being promoted that features a “transgender toddler” who runs away from home to “live as a girl” against the wishes of his parents.
The book, titled “10,000 Dresses” by Marcus Ewert, is celebrated in Stonewall’s new children’s reading list.
Stonewall is a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender charity in the United Kingdom and is the largest LGBT rights organization in Europe.
The charity has drawn up an LGBT+ book catalog for two to four-year-olds, according to the UK’s Telegraph.
One section of the catalog contains five works on trans inclusion.
“10,000 Dresses” by Ewert, an American writer, is about parents who have a young boy named Bailey, but the toddler “insists” he is a girl.
Safeguarding campaigners have slammed the book and said that it’s “disgusting” that the UK’s biggest LGBT+ charity could be urging children to go “behind parents’ backs.”
Despite “dreaming of dresses every night,” Bailey’s mother says in the morning: “Bailey, what are you talking about? You’re a boy. Boys don’t wear dresses!”
When Bailey insists “I don’t feel like a boy”, the mother says, “well you are one, Bailey, and that’s that.”
Despite the toddler in the story being a boy, the author uses she/her pronouns for Bailey throughout.
Following another dream about wearing different dresses, Bailey runs away from home and meets an older stranger named Laurel at another house.
The two then make dresses and try them on.
The plot ends when “Bailey’s dreams come true,” with visions of 10,000 dresses that “show us ourselves,” living as a girl instead of a boy.
Meanwhile, transgender rights activists have forced the cancellation of a screening of a gender-critical film on a university campus after they stormed a lecture theatre to prevent the event from going ahead.
From the Telegraph:
A showing of Adult Human Female, a documentary which challenges transgender ideology and examines opposition to it in the U.K., had been organised by the University of Edinburgh’s Academics for Academic Freedom group.
The university had defied calls to cancel the event from the University College Union and the student Pride Society, which had condemned the film as “transphobic” and claimed showing it “endangers trans people on campus and beyond”.
The 439-year-old institution, known as one of the homes of the Scottish Enlightenment, insisted it was committed to allowing discussion of “controversial topics” and freedom of speech.
However, around 10 activists “occupied” a lecture theatre at George Square, preventing the screening from taking place there.
When organisers attempted to move the event to an alternative venue on campus, other opponents to the screening entered another building.
Eventually the screening was cancelled, amid angry exchanges between the activists and people who had tickets for the event.
Marion Calder, a director with the For Women Scotland campaign group, called for the university to take disciplinary action against any students who had been involved in closing down the showing.
“This was not free speech – it was a bunch of spoiled children who were upset that they hadn’t got their way,” Ms. Calder, who was at the event, said.