Teachers trained to tell children about hormone blockers

Tracey Martinez
Tracey Martinez gave LGBTQ+ training to the staff of a High School

A registered charity has been training teachers to tell children about hormone blockers and surgical procedures, The Telegraph can disclose.

OutHouse, an LGBTQ+ charity formerly known as OutHouse East, received almost £24,000 in government grants last year (£100,000 in total since 2019), with funders including Colchester council.

The charity also runs projects for “young people 13-19 who identify as Trans+, non-binary, genderqueer, genderfluid or in any other way gender questioning” and training for “LGBTQ+ awareness” for businesses, schools and colleges.

One module of the training discusses “Sex Assigned at Birth”, before attendees move on to “The science of being trans” and “Medical and Surgical Gender Affirmation”.

Last year students from the LGBTQ+ society of an Essex grammar school were taken to OutHouse to share experiences “as Queer people”, while Tracey Martinez, a former Awareness Coordinator for The OutHouse, delivered LGBTQ+ training to the staff of a local High School.

Ms Martinez is the former Chair of the Essex Police LGBTQ+ network and runs a consultancy service, which she helped achieve “recognition as a top-ranking Stonewall Workplace Champion”, according to her website.

Children’s art includes lesbian dinosaurs

OutHouse regularly posts artwork made by young people on its Instagram page, such as a drawing of two penguins holding hands and two “lesbian dinosaurs”. It has also publicised Aromantic Spectrum Awareness Week and Omnisexual Visibility Day.

Conservative MP Miriam Cates said: “No organisation that promotes extreme political ideologies such as Queer Theory should be in receipt of taxpayer funding. And no organisation that promotes Queer Theory should be allowed anywhere near children.

“Given the clear findings of the Cass Review, we must now meticulously identify all the charities and NGOs that promote dangerous and unevidenced ideas about sex and gender to kids and withdraw taxpayer funding.”

Lucy Marsh of the Family Education Trust said: “In light of the Cass Review, how can any publicly-funded body justify spending money on an organisation which promotes medical transition to children and tells them that puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones are ‘reversible’?

“Children are not ‘queer’ ... this is why we urgently need a public inquiry into how transgenderism and queer theory has infiltrated the public sector. This ideology must be rooted out of education and public services as soon as possible in order to protect children and families.”

‘Statutory duty under Equality Act’

Colchester council said: “We have a statutory duty under the Equality Act 2010 to consider how our services affect residents with different protected characteristics. To comply with this Public Sector Duty, the council works with many community groups and organisations to gain a greater understanding of their needs to inform service provision.

“We understand that questions may arise concerning complex topics like medical and surgical gender affirmation. That is a matter for the medical profession, the individual and their families to consider. The council’s responsibility is to encourage a constructive dialogue about inclusivity and supporting our young people.

“Colchester City Council remains committed to working with organisations like The OutHouse to create a vibrant and welcoming environment for everyone in the city.”

Martinez said: “My training is supported by British values and UK legislation – Equality Act 2010, The Human Rights Act 1998, The Gender Recognition Act 2004, The Civil Partnership Act 2004, and The Marriage Act 2013.

“My training around trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming people is informed by the lived experience of many LGBTQ+ individuals I have had the privilege of supporting and working with. The Equality Act includes the protected characteristic of gender reassignment and has no age limit.”

“Gender dysphoria and gender incongruence are recognised NHS medical conditions: ICD10 and ICD11.

“My life philosophy is to be kind, considerate and respectful of people’s differences and to educate others to do the same.

“I am committed to safeguarding children and young people. I am a designated safeguard lead. I have 10 years experience of safeguarding children and adults at Essex Police, and as such I disagree that my training delivers dangerous ideology and is dangerous to young people.”

The OutHouse said: “The OutHouse is committed to providing vital services that support the wellbeing of both young people and their families, as well as to organisations in a wide breadth of sectors, all of whom may be dealing with a variety of challenges in this area. All our services are carried out with safety and safeguarding as the main priority and are imperative to the local LGBTQ+ community.”