In his latest viral report, Christopher Rufo published a guidebook released by the San Francisco Unified School District “encouraging teachers to facilitate secret child transitions and to affirm students who use the gender pronoun ‘it’ at school – which, the district says, is the gender-identity version of the ‘n-word.’”

Rufo, as usual, presents his receipts in a Twitter thread replete with screenshots that prove his allegations. “The district teaches students that they can diverge from ‘vanilla sexuality’ and become part of the ‘bisexual umbrella,’ with sexual identity options including ‘fluid,’ ‘pansexual,’ ‘omnisexual,’ ‘homo-curious,’ and ‘hetero-flexible.,” Rufo noted. “The district also released a guide on ‘affirm[ing]’ students who use ‘it’ pronouns, explaining that it ‘has a long history being used as a slur to dehumanize trans and gender non-conforming folks,’ but can be ‘reclaimed,’ as African-Americans have done with the ‘n-word.’”

As always, however, the most disturbing part of the school guidelines is the fact that they give explicit advice on how to keep the identity of children secret from the parents. “The district has created a system for facilitating child sexual transitions for its K-5 students, telling children that they may choose a different name and set of pronouns than the ones they use at home, and that this new identity will be kept secret from their parents,” Rufo reported.

“The district’s policy is to facilitate child sexual transitions without notifying parents. ‘[Students] have the right to be ‘out’ at school, and to not have that information that they are ‘out’ – with new pronouns, with a new identity – in any way shared with those folks at home.’”

Additionally, parents are not permitted to shield their children from these lessons: “According to district policy, parents do not have the right to opt-out of the lessons on ‘gender identity’ and ‘sexual orientation,’ which are incorporated into the curriculum for English, social studies, arts, and other subjects. In middle school, San Francisco Unified begins promoting a program called ‘Q Groups,’ which is designed to ‘connect students to mental health professionals and clinics that offer gender-affirming health services,’ such as puberty blockers, hormone therapy, and gender surgery.”

“In sum,” Rufo concluded, “San Francisco Unified has created what Leor Sapir has called ‘a school-to-clinic pipeline,’ beginning in elementary school with secret child sexual transitions and concluding in middle and high school with referrals to ‘gender-affirming’ medical treatments.”

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