No plans for ‘gender fluidity’ in schools

Barbadians have been told there is no plan to have any discussions on gender fluidity in schools, but at the same time, there won’t be discrimination against adult citizens.

That is the word from Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley who was addressing the country from Ilaro Court on Thursday after returning from a trip with stops in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Ghana, France and China.

“There is no plan; there has never been any plan; and there will be no plan under my leadership for any gender inclusive bathrooms or for discussions of gender fluidity in schools.”

The Prime Minister called the narrative a distraction from “those who have a different agenda and who want to create a construct in order to knock it down”.

“These distractions are out of place. We have made it clear as a Government that we will not support discrimination against Bajans and that is why a time will come, shortly, where we will remove that discriminatory part.”

Last December, Justice Michelle Weekes ruled in the High Court that Sections 9 and 12 of the Sexual Offences Act, which had criminalised buggery and serious indecency, were null and void.

Mottley said the Attorney General would also make corrections to sections of the law with respect to any act against children under age 16.

The Prime Minister said her administration would “defend the rights of people as adults not to be discriminated against in this country”. (SAT)


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