School boys to be told 'they can have periods too' in new transgender guidelines

17 December 2018, 12:33 | Updated: 17 December 2018, 12:34

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Boys will be told they can have periods under new guidelines. Picture: Getty

Brighton and Hove council advised schools that 'menstruation must include all genders' in addition to sanitary bins in the boys restrooms.

Boys will be told they can also have periods as part of new guidelines for a more inclusive sexual education.

Brighton and Hove council have issued the advice to teachers in a bid to tackle the stigma around menstruation, in a document which claims: "menstruation must be inclusive of all genders" adding that "trans boys and men and non-binary people may have periods".

What's more the document advised that pupils have extra support from school nurses where needed, in addition to sanitary bins in the boys restrooms.

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The report recommends that "language and learning about periods is inclusive of all genders, cultures, faiths and sexual orientations. For example; ‘girls and women and others who have periods'".

Brighton & Hove City Council said in a statement: "By encouraging effective education on menstruation and puberty, we hope to reduce stigma and ensure no child or young person feels shame in asking for period products inside or outside of school if they need them.

"We believe that it’s important for all genders to be able to learn and talk about menstruation together… Our approach recognises the fact that some people who have periods are trans or non-binary."