Transgender Teen Takes On Scott Morrison Over "Gender Whisperers" Tweet
A 13-year-old transgender student had something to say to country's leader.
A teenage transgender student has called out the country's new Prime Minister on national television for his "disrespectful" Tweet about transgender children.
Morrison came under fire on Wednesday with a Tweet declaring Australian schools don't need "gender whisperers," in response to a report which claimed NSW teachers were being taught to identify potentially transgender students.
"We do not need 'gender whisperers' in our schools. Let kids be kids," he said.
The backlash across social media to the PM's take on the issue was swift, but during his appearance on The Project, Morrison was hit with arguably the most poignant response yet.
"My name is Evie Macdonald, I'm 13 years old and I'm a transgender kid. And this is what I want to say to the prime minister," a young face said in a prerecorded message.
"There are thousands of kids in Australia that are gender diverse. We don't deserve to be disrespected like that through tweets from our prime minister."
Evie continued, saying she knew what it was like to be on the receiving end of attitudes such as this that have cost her a childhood.
"I went to a Christian school where I had to pretend to be a boy and spend weeks in conversion therapy. We get one childhood and one was stolen from me by attitudes like this."
When called upon for a response, Morrison said he believed the practice described in the article was not a role for teachers, but for parents.
"I love all Australians and whatever background they come from," he said.
"I want kids to be allowed to be kids and I want parents to be respected as the parents of those children. I don't think teachers get to take the place of parents and the choices that families make."
Morrison said his Tweet was referring to a practice in which teachers are "getting between the role of a parent and that child."
"There is a place for clinical advice, there is a place for clinical counselling but at the end of the day in our schools I don't want to see teachers taking the role of parents."
He said he believes in the value of family and parents should not "be supplanted by teachers."
Morrison has been no stranger to causing controversy with his comments regarding LGBTIQ issues during his almost two weeks as PM.
Just earlier this week, he agreed with shock jock radio host Alan Jones that a program in Victorian schools containing material about teen sexuality made his "skin curl." The day after, he insisted gay conversion therapy was not an issue he as prime minister would engage with.