Elementary School Touts Sex Columnist as Role Model For Gender and Sexual Identity

"“For him to be a role model for four-year-olds to 11-year-olds is utterly disgusting."

A California elementary school has upset parents by using a sex columnist and a "gender unicorn" to discuss gender identity, expression, and presentation. Townhall reports that the school, Rancho Romero Elementary, created a bulletin board display about sexual identity and, according to Townhall's Todd Starnes "encouraged children as young as four years old to break out of gender stereotypes." 

Aside from the general message of the board, parents objected to the messengers. Featured on the board was a photo of highly controversial sex columnist Dan Savage with his quote “A lot of kids are bullied because of their sexual identity or expression. It’s often the effeminate boys and the masculine girls, the ones who violate gender norms and expectations who get bullied.” In his piece, Starnes had a litany of reasons Savage is inappropriate for an elementary school, not least of which is the fact that he holds a pornography festival each year. He mocked a group of Christians who took exception to his attack on the Bible, calling them "Pansy-a**ed" (which seems to go against his quote);  he tried to infect a Republican congressman with the flu virus; and wished that Congressional Republicans would "f**ing die." Need more reasons? They're out there, a seemingly endless list. There's a reason he has been called "a walking hate crime." An anonymous parent told Townhall:

“For him to be a role model for four-year-olds to 11-year-olds is utterly disgusting. He’s not someone you want to put up at an elementary school.”

It's hard to think that kids would be interested enough in a photo of some guy and a quote to go read the bulletin board. They didn't. Perhaps what they actually approached the board to check out was the Gender Unicorn

 

The definitions that go with the unicorn include terms like "sexual and romantic/emotional attraction," which are inappropriate for 4 year-olds under any circumstances. The parent told Starnes that the unicorn was seen by many parents as propaganda and that the bulletin board has created huge controversy within the school. 

The San Ramon Valley School District said that the bulletin board is changed every month to highlight a different theme. In January, the theme was "Breaking out of Gender Stereotypes," according to a district spokesperson. They say that they revised the content after parents complained and that the Dan Savage material was taken down. 

How was any of this allowed to be posted in the first place?

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