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LGBTQ+ charity also talks about surgical procedures and has received £100k in government grants A registered charity has been training teachers to tell children about hormone blockers and surgical procedures, The Telegraph can disclose

LGBTQ+ charity also talks about surgical procedures and has received £100k in government grants


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.

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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 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.”

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