Isle Of Wight Youth Trust Pledges Support For Children In ‘Dress Row’

The Isle of Wight Youth Trust has added its voice of support to the children caught up in the row between an Island couple and C of E primary school, over the right of a male student to wear a dress in school.

The trust says that amid reports that a child has been withdrawn, his parents citing concerns around another student at the school who sometimes presents as a boy and sometimes as a girl, it supports all gender identities.

Youth Trust Executive Director, Mairead Healy, commented:

“We were saddened to hear the news that an Island family has withdrawn their child from school and is looking to sue the school in response to this issue.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.”