A book claiming the phrase “boys and girls” excludes children who are “gender diverse” is being targeted at children as young as 7. Can I Tell You About Gender Diversity tells the fictional story of a 12-year-old girl, Kit, who begins living as boy by using hormone-blocking drugs. The guidebook will reportedly be sent to 120 “best practice” schools which work with the government-backed Educate & Celebrate group.

Newspapers and other critics spoke out against the book, saying it would harm children. The Mail on Sunday reports that the book warns against the idea “that there are only two genders.” It also criticizes the use of the phrases “boys and girls” and “ladies and gents.” Such language is “exclusionary to trans-identified and gender variant young people,” the book says. READ MORE