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17th March 2017 10:54

Daniele Paletta | World

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Changing rooms and beyond: How British schools are adapting to growing numbers of transgender pupils
Published on The Economist on February 27, 2017

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Schools are often at the front line of social change. But rarely has it come so fast. The Gender Identity Research and Education Society, a charity, estimates that the number of children who identify as transgender in Britain is doubling each year. Mermaids, an outfit that supports transgender children, received 3,000 phone calls last year, up from 600 in 2014. Most children simply identify as another gender or none at all; a minority begin medical treatment to alter their bodies.

They often have a tough time at school. One survey in 2014 found that a third of transgender children had skipped class because they feared being discriminated against.

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