In Today’s Issue 💬
- New Jersey teaching second graders about trans ideology
- Connecticut school enabling LGBTQ+ identities without informing parents
- What's being done about the above
- Some headlines to keep you in the loop
New Jersey will push transgender ideology on 2nd graders this fall
What happened: New Jersey public school second graders—seven to eight-year-olds—will be learning about gender identity in the upcoming fall under new state education guidelines. The guidelines were created in 2020 but were not required to be enacted until this fall.
The specifics: New Jersey students, by the end of second grade, are expected to understand that all "individuals should feel welcome and included regardless of their gender, gender expression or sexual orientation.” They will also learn "the range of ways people express their gender and how gender role stereotypes may limit behavior.”
Lesson plans: One New Jersey school distributed lesson plans where first graders were taught that they can have “boy parts” but “feel like” a girl.
"You might feel like you’re a boy even if you have body parts that some people might tell you are ‘girl’ parts. You might feel like you’re a girl even if you have body parts that some people might tell you are ‘boy’ parts.”
Connecticut schools kept children on puberty blockers without parental consent.
What happened: A school nurse in Connecticut revealed on Facebook that an 11-year-old student at the school was on puberty blockers and that multiple other students identified as non-binary without parents being informed.
“As a public school nurse, I have an 11yo female student on puberty blockers and a dozen identifying as non-binary, all but two keeping this as a secret from their parents with the help of teachers, SSW [social workers], and school administration,” said the nurse.
“Teachers and SSW are spending 37.5 hours a week influencing our children, not necessarily teaching our children what YOU think is being taught.” The nurse was suspended for revealing the situation at the school despite not mentioning any students in specific.
More anti-grooming bills are coming.
States joining Florida’s lead: Ohio, Texas, Georgia, and Alabama are all making significant strides in passing versions of Florida’s H.B. 1557 bill. Though different, the bills prohibit teachers from teaching LGBTQ+ ideology to young children.
Ohio’s bill tackles race, too: Besides prohibiting classroom discussion about sexual orientation, Ohio is also trying to remove divisive progressive concepts like racial guilt and critical race theory from the classroom.
Related: Alabama lawmakers have passed a bill that would criminalize healthcare providers offering gender-affirming care to transgender youth, described as the first legislation of its kind in the US.
🔥 In Other News
👩🏾⚖️ Ketanji Brown Jackson was confirmed by the Senate on Thursday as the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court in a milestone for the United States and a victory for President Joe Biden, who made good on a campaign promise as he seeks to infuse the federal judiciary with a broader range of backgrounds.
🍿 Hundreds protest Disney: Hundreds of protesters organized by Christian activist group Hold the Line gathered outside of Disney headquarters in California to tell Disney they’ve had enough.
🗣 Disney CEO Bob Chapek: In a recent video, Disney CEO Bob Chapek apologized and pledged to “be a better ally for the LGBTQ+ community.” He also delegated the company’s actions to an "LGBTQIA+ Advisory Council.”
🧨 Palestinian terrorism continues: On Thursday, a Palestinian gunman opened fire outside of a busy bar in central Tel Aviv. Two were killed and 13 were wounded. This follows multiple weeks of terror attacks that have led to the deaths of over a dozen Israelis.
💉 Federal employee vaccine mandate upheld: President Joe Biden's requirement that all federal employees be vaccinated against COVID-19 was upheld Thursday by a federal appeals court.
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