Investigative reporter Christopher Rufo of City Journal obtained documents from the Human Relations, Diversity, and Equity department of the Los Angeles Unified School District, showing the district hosting academic conferences and providing curriculum materials and teacher training modules that press teachers to impose race, gender, and queer theory on students.
The documents include a PowerPoint presentation for the “Standing with LGBTQ+ Students, Staff, and Families” conference on “Best Practices for Affirming LAUSD’s Queer Communities.” Sessions of the conference are titled “Welcoming Words & Safe Spaces: Supporting Students Who Are Both Neurodivergent & LGBTQIA+”; “LGBTQ-Inclusive Content and Pedagogy for Elementary and Middle School Classrooms”; “What Your Queer Middle Schooler Wants You to Know”; and “Breaking the Binary in Education.”
He also obtained a training for teachers called, “Queering Culture and Race.” The stated goals of the training are to engage “in learning about the history of the intersection between race, sexual orientation and gender,” and explore “what educators can do to support students.” It outlines the history of LGBT activism, starting with William Dorsey Swann, the first self-identified “queen of drag.” It then claims that history is repeating itself and that “[t]he struggle experienced by William Dorsey Swann unfortunately continues today, and not just out in the community but in schools” due to LGBT people not feeling accepted.
The documents also include the “SOGIE Handbook of Language & Vocabulary,” a glossary of terms pertaining to sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. In addition, the district is providing teachers with course materials from the consulting firm Woke Kindergarten, which teaches kindergartners to use various pronouns and adopt non-binary gender identities that “feel good to you.”
Possibly the most concerning document is a policy bulletin from the district that instructs educators to address students by their preferred name and pronouns without parents’ consent. It also directs them not to share a student’s gender identity, even to their parents, without the teacher’s discretion:
“When communicating with a student’s parent, legal guardian, or educational rights holder… school personnel should be aware that the student may not have disclosed their gender identity to their parents… [P]ersonnel should consult and work closely with the student to assess the degree to which, if any, the parent is aware of the student’s gender identity or expression and is supportive of the student, and school personnel shall take into consideration the safety, health and well-being of the student in deciding whether to disclose the student’s gender identity or expression to parents….”
The above comes from a July 25 posting on the site of the California Family Council.