SUPERIOR, Colorado, November 19, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Controversy has arisen at a school district in Boulder County, Colorado, where parents are alarmed by the district showing elementary school children videos and a stage production meant to promote “transgender awareness.”
On Friday, November 16, Phoenix, Colorado’s Trans Community Choir, performed a play titled “Raven’s True Self” for children between first and fifth grade at Nederland Elementary School, the Boulder Valley School District announced in October 26 and November 9 memos.
The story concerns a “transgender raven in a community of animals,” teaching the “importance of being seen for who you are on the inside, rather than how you are perceived on the outside” through song. Fourth and fifth-grade children were also given a chance to ask questions to choir members.
CBS 4 reports that children at Superior Elementary School will see the play as well, before which they’ll be shown three videos from the “Queer Kid Stuff” YouTube channel, which bills itself as dedicated to “teaching you what gays mean, what LGBT stands for, what's up with marriage equality and so much more.” The selected videos aren’t specified, but reportedly concern “gender roles, identity and terminology.”
Other videos listed on that YouTube page include “Drag Queen Makeup Transformation,” “Transgender Cinderella,” “Learn About Consent,” “Unicorns Are Queer Horses,” and a video promoting the left-wing Women’s March, which is currently in the midst of a controversy over alleged anti-Semitism among its leaders.
“Non-binary gender is when you aren’t just boy or girl; you’re somewhere outside of, or in between, boy and girl,” transgender activist A.C. Dumlao, who “uses they/them pronouns,” says in the “What’s a Spectrum?” video. Queer Kid Stuff creator Lindsay Amer says of people unsure where they fall on the spectrum, “maybe you don’t know yet, or maybe it changes for you, or maybe you’re in multiple places. The sky’s the limit.”
“This is fairly typical in the Boulder Valley School District, to have our students learn about inclusivity and about compassion to other people and their differences,” district Chief Communications Officer Randy Barber told CBS. “Those differences are things that we believe, here in the Boulder Valley School District, should be embraced.”
Barber said that concerned parents would be allowed to attend the performance and/or have their kids excused from it, but claimed, “we really don’t believe that you can be too young to learn about inclusivity and differences in the community.” One parent who spoke to CBS said he or she would rather the school require a parent’s signature for attendance, rather than requiring those who object to opt out.
The content “goes beyond a simple message of tolerance and acceptance. [We support tolerance and acceptance, but this is simply not age-appropriate],” one parent wrote to CBS 4. “We are saddened that this highly controversial and divisive topic would be invited to be presented to such young children.”
The play and videos appear timed to coincide with “Transgender Awareness Week,” which the pro-LGBT group Out Boulder County says is an “an annual celebration of the trans community meant to raise awareness, educate allies, and commemorate those in the community that currently face or have lost their lives to anti-transgender violence.”
It’s unclear why teaching children to believe in gender fluidity would be necessary to teach them compassion, but a variety of scientific literature indicates that promoting gender confusion in young minds is unnecessary and destructive.
Studies indicate that between 80 and 90 percent of children experiencing gender dysphoria outgrow it on their own by late adolescence, and that even full gender “reassignment” surgery often fails to resolve gender-confused individuals’ heightened tendency to engage in self-harm and suicide. Research has also found a link between teen gender confusion and peer pressure.