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A taxpayer-funded summer camp in the UK places teenagers in accommodation based on their preferred gender identity, according to The Telegraph.
The National Citizen Service summer camp places teens in housing based on their preferred gender identity, according to the report, which says some parents are unhappy with the policy.
The National Citizen Service is a summer camp founded by former Prime Minister David Cameron and is largely government funded, according to the report. It is designed for teenagers aged 16 and 17.
The mother of a person who attends the camp told the Telegraph that her 16-year-old daughter had recently started identifying as a girl marked “female” for the gender part of the registration.
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A local camp representative then reached out and asked which room the child would like to sleep in, based on their preferred identity.
The mother raised concerns about this policy, but the camp representative told her that “we will allow the young people to self-identify and they will be placed in the dormitory in which they feel comfortable. “.
She said it was unfair to others if her son was allowed to sleep in a girls’ dormitory.
“I didn’t think it was right for him to go to the girls’ dorm. If mixed dorms are allowed, then obviously there’s a risk of sex, but it’s also a threat to the privacy of the girls. daughters.” the mother said. “I don’t know any 16-year-old girl who would be safe being naked in public because it’s such a difficult age. I think girls and their parents need to know that this happens.”
The camp’s transgender inclusion policy states that transgender participants will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, with a decision made by a local camp representative.
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The camp reportedly told staff to ask attendees about their “individual lodging preferences,” according to the report.
NCS Trust chief executive Mark Gifford told The Telegraph he would not tolerate a decision that puts a youngster at risk.
“While our policy recognizes that accommodation decisions are made on a case-by-case basis by our delivery partners, we will never condone a decision that leaves a young person feeling vulnerable or at risk,” Gifford said. “Like many organizations, we are developing our policies in light of increased attention and awareness of this important and complex issue.”
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“However, our overriding mission is to ensure that all young people, whoever they may be, can benefit from the NCS programme. If this poses challenges for our organization, we will meet them while always ensuring that every young person is safe,” Gifford continued. .
In response to the question “what are my sleeping arrangements” on its website’s FAQ page, the camp tells proposing campers: “The local team will assign you a place in accommodation. If you or your parent/guardian would like to discuss what steps can be taken to ensure you feel comfortable during your stay at NCS, you can request this via your registration form or contact your local team. All requests will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Where appropriate and possible, the home team would seek to provide an alternative.”
Fox News Digital contacted the National Citizen Service.