A Minnesota elementary school is hosting a “gender resource fair” for children and their families featuring a “drag story hour,” according to a school website.
Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) is putting on an April 13 event for transgender and non-binary children at Loring Elementary School featuring local gender non-conforming resources, a bounce house, games and dinner, according to the St. Paul Public Schools website. The elementary school event includes a “drag story hour” for kids.
“We’re hosting a gathering for families and their gender creative young ones,” a flyer for the event, promoted by the local teachers union, read. “Join us for community resources, entertainment, food, games and more.”
Dr. Angela Kade Goepferd, the medical director of Children’s Minnesota Gender Health Program who uses they/them pronouns, is the guest speaker for the event, the flyer showed. The Children’s Minnesota Gender Health Program serves as a “resource” for transgender minors and their families while providing “compassionate and comprehensive care” for the “gender-diverse youth,” the hospital website read.
Very cool event happening next month for families and their gender-creative kids at Loring Elementary! pic.twitter.com/prAovbDM7p
— MFT 59 (@MFT59) March 23, 2023
Across the country, school districts are pushing to promote gender identity lessons to elementary students; an elementary school principal in Minnesota suggested kindergarten through second grade students read “Jack (Not Jackie),” a story about a young girl who realizes she prefers to act like a boy. In Pennsylvania, an elementary school held a training for educators to teach them how to create a “gender-inclusive” classroom and affirm LGBTQ identities.
In the 2021-2022 school year, at Loring Elementary School, 42% of students are proficient in math and 42% of students met grade-level expectations for reading, according to U.S. News and World report, the nation’s largest ranking system.
“Not even half the students at this school are proficient in reading or math and yet somehow the priority is to partner with a local gender clinic and host an event that promotes gender confusion in young children and includes drag queen story hour?” Erika Sanzi, director of outreach for Parents Defending Education, a parental rights group, told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “Another red flag is that the local teachers’ union is promoting it. This whole thing is ideological in nature and has no place in an elementary school.”
Minneapolis Public Schools and the Children’s Minnesota Gender Health Program did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.
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