I recently turned 27, which sounds horribly grown up. Technically, I lost two years to being indoors because of the pandemic, so really if you think about it, I’m actually 25.

I’m telling myself that 27 is still ‘mid’ twenties, not ‘late' twenties, because being in your mid twenties entitles you to a few more misdemeanours. Going for a casual brunch and not getting home until 4am the next morning in your mid twenties? What a legend. Do that in your late twenties, and people start asking if everything’s ok at home.

Despite my insistence that I’m barely an adult, I do feel more and more dinosaur-ish when with friends who are at the younger end of the Gen Z scale. At 16, I nearly died from laughing when my dad asked me what ‘a Nicki Minaj is’… now trying to keep up with conversations conducted through nothing more than TikTok sounds, I kind of relate to him more than I care to admit.

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Gen Z, despite their weird obsession with 90s fashion (the return of low rise jeans breaks my heart), are however inspirationally mature. Every generation has always thought that they knew better than their parents, but Gen Z really do.

A battle of the keyboard warriors has this week erupted after Girlguiding – a leading UK charity for girls and women – have included in their latest campaign a video of a seven-year-old member who is a trans girl.

Cue the outrage of the transphobes.

The National Wales: Photo: PAPhoto: PA

Predictable vitriol has been spouted, some even citing this act of inclusion as ‘dangerous’. These hysteria-mongers conveniently see no danger in mixed gender schools, clubs or orchestras, but a genetically-born boy wants to join the Brownies to get his public speaking badge and suddenly these girls’ lives are under threat?

Of course, it’s not sensical because it’s bigotry. As a person of colour, I’m more than aware that the use of the phrase ‘I’m not racist, but…’ is one of the biggest indicators that the person saying it is, without doubt, racist.

In the same regard, when ‘outraged’ parents furiously bash out tweets, prefaced with ‘I’m not transphobic, but…’ they may as well upload a video of themselves burning a trans pride flag in their back garden.

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As per usual with these echo-chamber arguments, it’s only a minority who feel so inclined to scream and shout about their hatred of inclusivity. But their presence remains problematic. In fact, without their prejudicial tantrum, this matter wouldn’t have even reached the headlines.

In a decade, I have hope that such bigotry won’t even make the middle pages, let alone the front of the Telegraph (as it was this week), because Gen Z’s indefatigable efforts in normalising inclusivity have already gained such momentum, that the near future is looking much brighter.

I’m not downplaying the remaining obstacles to genuine equality – there are still mountains to climb, for sure. But with such progressive, forward thinking and kind minds leading us into the next step of our cultural future, I feel somewhat reassured that prejudice will become – at best – irrelevant.

The National Wales: Photo: GirlguidingPhoto: Girlguiding

In this current frenzy of parents frothing at the mouth because a seven-year-old has joined Girlguiding, I’d be more interested to know the opinions of the actual young members themselves.

Are they as disgusted as their parents? Or are they happy for their fellow members to be treated and respected as equal human beings?

I dare say I know the answer.

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