A 13-year-old trans kid confronted Australia’s prime minister Scott Morrison over a recent controversial tweet he made complaining about “gender whisperers.”
On Tuesday, Morrison, who voted against same-sex marriage in the country, responded to a news report in Australia’s The Daily Telegraph, which claimed that teachers were being trained to identify transgender children,
“We do not need ‘gender whisperers’ in our schools. Let kids be kids,” he posted on Twitter.
But, during an appearing on The Project on Thursday, Morrison was asked to respond to a video clip sent in by 13-year old trans schoolgirl Evie Macdonald.
“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,” Macdonald said in the video.
“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.”
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Macdonald, who recently acted in a short film called First Day for ABC ME, explained: “I know what it’s like to be on the receiving end of attitudes like this.
“I went to a Christian school where I had to pretend to be a boy and spent weeks in conversion therapy. We get one childhood and mine was stolen from me by attitudes like this.”
Responding to Macdonald’s comments, Morrison said: “I love all Australians, whatever background they come from.”
He continued: “The point I was making was simply this—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.”
Watch the video below (from 04:00 onwards):
We speak to PM @ScottMorrisonMP about his views on the au pair case, whether bullying occurred during the leadership spill and a young trans kid shares her story with the PM. #auspol #TheProjectTV pic.twitter.com/caN3VQiN8z
— The Project (@theprojecttv) September 6, 2018