Wednesday November 28, 2007

Proposed Sex-Ed Lessons for D.C. Schools Said to Falsely Claim Homosexuality Innate

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 28, 2007 ( – D.C. Public Schools’ proposed health learning standards would fail a true-false test, since many of the guidelines presented in the new standards are wrong and harmful to D.C.’s youth, according to an ex-gay advocacy group which testified before the D.C. Public School Board today. The School Board held its hearing today to listen to public comments on the new sex ed guidelines.

According to Regina Griggs, executive director of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX), the proposed teaching standards on sexual orientations excludes information on ex-gays; incorrectly implies that homosexuality is innate; and presents the viewpoint that gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgenders lead a healthy and normal lifestyle without including ex-gays in that mix.

The standards will introduce the concept of “gender identity” to sixth graders, which will include transgenders, transvestites, and cross-dressers. “This standard introduces transgenderism as perfectly normal and natural, even though ‘Gender Identity Disorder’ is classified as a mental disorder by the American Psychiatric Association,” Griggs said.

Grace Harley, an African-American and former transgender, testified on behalf of PFOX that the new proposed standards, in addition to being factually flawed, do not adequately reflect the values of the predominately African-American and Hispanic student populations that the D.C. public education system serves.

According to PFOX, thousands of men and women make a personal decision to leave homosexuality each year. Not including ex-gays in the discussion of sexual orientations amounts to viewpoint discrimination, according to the group. “The ex-gay community deserves tolerance and equal treatment,” said Griggs. “The public schools of the Nation’s Capital should not promote some sexual groups (homosexuals, bisexuals and transgenders) while censoring others (ex-homosexuals). Yet the standards will teach students that it is normal to change your gender (transgender) but not normal to change your unwanted same-sex attractions (former homosexual).”

PFOX is a national organization which supports families with a homosexual child, advocates for the ex-gay community, and educates the public on sexual orientation. It is especially active in working to eliminate negative perceptions and discrimination against former homosexuals.

PFOX’s comments to the D.C. Public School Board can be read at:

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