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Should California Schools Keep a Child’s Gender Identity Secret From Parents?

Unlimited identities are now being taught to kindergartners through books in California elementary schools

By Brenda Lebsack, November 16, 2023 10:54 am

As battles rage between local school districts in California and the state Attorney General Rob Bonta regarding whether or not schools should notify parents if their child identifies as transgender or nonbinary at school, I think it’s strange—as a California public teacher—that no one is clarifying the definitions of transgender and nonbinary.

According to the California Department of Education’s Health Education Framework adopted in 2019 (p. 353), gender identity is defined as ever-changing and ever-expanding. People assume transgender means a girl identifying as a boy or a boy identifying a girl. However, according to 2023 trainings on sexual harassment used as part of state-mandated training for teachers and other employees, it’s much broader than this.

Our training program said, “Gender Identity is a person’s identification as male, female, non-binary, or other. Transgender involves identifying differently from a person’s sex at birth or something else.” After the training, I asked my employer, “What does the word ‘other’ or ‘something else’ encompass? It’s so open-ended, it could mean anything and everything.” No one could give me an answer, so I researched it myself.

In my quest, I found authoritative sources telling Americans to throw rational thinking out the window in order to embrace radical group think.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines gender nonbinary in part as “gender creative.” This means kids can create or make up their own gender(s).

The California Department of Education defines nonbinary with these descriptive labels:  transgender, intersex, gender-neutral, agender, genderqueer, gender fluid, two spirit, bigender, pangender, gender nonconforming, or gender variant.

This long list of identities parallel the survey given Americans in crisis, of all ages, who call the 988 National Suicide Hotline. Callers are asked how they identify and are given 11+ genders to choose from. They are: agender, boy/man, genderfluid, genderqueer, girl/woman, intersex, non-binary, trans, trans-masculine, trans-feminine, two spirit, other. The hotline is funded by the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act, which was signed into law October 2020. It also has other potential funding sources as mentioned in the recent Surgeon General’s Call to Action (p. 55–56) to implement a national strategy for suicide prevention.

Planned Parenthood’s definition of gender is significant because they partner with many wellness centers in schools and offer “gender-affirming care” such as hormone therapy.  Planned Parenthood normalizes genderfluidity, saying a person’s gender can vary weekly, daily, or moment-to-moment.  It seems to me this is the normalization of split personalities or schizophrenia.  On top of this, Planned Parenthood says gender identities (of which there are many) can begin at age 2.

Unlimited identities are now being taught to kindergartners through books in California elementary schools. The book, “What Are Your Words?,” says, “My pronouns are like the weather, they change depending on how I feel.” The book provides many pronouns like ey, em, ze, zir, they, them, xe, xir, and hir. Another book is, It Feels Good To Be Yourself. This book says, “You might feel like a boy, you might feel like a girl, you might feel like both boy and girl—or like neither. You might feel like your gender changes from day to day or from year to year.” These books cause children to question their gender, and once a child questions, they are considered LGBTQ because the Q means Queer or Questioning.

After state schools intentionally confuse children, they want school personnel to hide the child’s “gender dysphoria” so counselors or mental health workers can affirm them while they decide on a gender that best suits them. The state portrays parents who do not affirm all these identities as dangerous. However, I think the harm is coming from the state and partnering agencies who are imposing extremist gender doctrines on impressionable children.

This article first appeared in the Epoch Times, and is published in the Globe with permission.

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7 thoughts on “Should California Schools Keep a Child’s Gender Identity Secret From Parents?

  1. It truly is an example of brainwashing.
    Introducing 6 year olds to such subjects is purposely meant to confuse a child and take away their innocence. It is meant to take away such a sacred space away from the parent!
    It is wrong and immoral.
    The author’s opinion should not be dismissed and should be of value to the educational system. It is becoming rare that an educator is allowed to speak out on this.
    Again, it is meant to take away parental dominion over their beloved child.
    It is a marxist tool.
    I (Q)uestion the integrity of a public education in this day and age!
    Return educational instruction to the 4Rs.

  2. NO, of course a child’s gender identity should not be kept secret from parents. As everyone knows. Just exactly how CRAZY is it that anyone should even THINK to do it! And how broken are we to have descended to the point that such a question actually makes sense for most people, on its face, in these terrible terrible times?
    Can we please return to common sense? This huge menu of gender choices is not a real thing, so stop it. What is called gender dysphoria is an illness, a condition, as rare as hen’s teeth. But if this were a common condition, which it is not, obviously it would be very personal and school would not be the place to work it out. Why on earth would it be?
    We all know the people pushing this crap are SERIOUSLY ill or up to no good. They are not right in the head or they are malevolent — pick one. Either way, they shouldn’t be in positions of control and authority over kids. There are many reasons sick adults are motivated to do the things they do, but actual, responsible adults, including parents, must NEVER STOP standing up against the array of horrors being done to these kids, whether in the public schools or elsewhere.

  3. Please see more information on my websites about this topic. http://www.Interfaith4Kids.com or http://www.Brenda4Kids.com
    It will show you the books now in our schools that the Teachers Union are pushing in… books that place our kids in danger of sexual predators by encouraging them to use sex app’s like Grindr which can access their location. Our Suicide National Hotlines are corrupt… please check out Trevor Project and Trevor Space where kids are being recommended into on-line chat spaces with random unvetted adults to explore their genders and sexualities. It’s all there – screen shots and all. And these are the resources our government is recommending to our public school students and military veterans nationwide.

  4. No secrets should be kept from parents. Don’t even know why gender is being discussed with children in elementary school. It’s creepy. It’s normalizing the sexualization of children. Shouldn’t the kids be coloring or something? I guess to indoctrinate and make little activists out of them, you need to start in elementary school. Take your kids out of government schools.

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