Berkley School District promotes “Genderbread Person” as resource to teach students
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The Berkley School District has a page online titled “Berkley Schools Emotional Support & Wellness Resources.” One category on this page is listed as “LGBTQ+ Resources.” A resource in this category is the “Genderbread Person.” The “Genderbread Person” is an image that educators use in an attempt to teach students that gender is on a spectrum. The image also attempts to argue that “gender identity,” “gender expression,” and “anatomical sex” are different.
The school district also promotes additional resources from the organization “Advocates for Youth.” Resources listed from Advocates for Youth include “Creating Safe Space for GLBTQ Youth: A Toolkit,” “I Think I Might Be,” and “Creating Safer Spaces for LGBTQ Youth.” These documents provide schools with the resources to redefine gender in the minds of students and promote LGBTQ and transgender themes in classrooms. Advocates for Youth is an organization known for providing schools with lesson materials that promote gender ideology and transgender issues.
Another resource the school district promotes is a document titled “Some Considerations When Working with LGBT Students of Color” from GLSEN. The organization GLSEN is known for promoting LGBTQ issues to young children. GLSEN states on its website that “while many LGBTQ+-inclusive school supports begin in middle or high school, it is critical for elementary schools to establish a foundation of respect and understanding for all people.” The organization has also appeared to show support for children taking “hormone replacement therapy” to transition to another gender:
Upon birth, we are typically categorized into one of two genders (boy or girl) depending on how our genitals are read. Throughout our lives, however, our many bodily characteristics work together to create a unique path of development, causing some of us to grow really tall, and others to remain short, or some of us to grow hair under our armpits and legs, while others remain bare. While this development often happens on its own during puberty, this change can also be administered through medicine, such as hormone replacement therapy. Since our society often conflates our bodies (or genitalia) with our gender identity, it is critical that we allow space for people to self-identify.
The school district’s LGBTQ resources also include links to several organizations that promote LGBTQ issues to children. Two of the organizations listed are the Human Rights Campaign and the “It Gets Better Project.”
The Human Rights Campaign is a political organization that advocates for corporations and schools to adopt LGBTQ issues in their businesses and curricula. The organization has a history of working with schools, teachers unions, and the federal government to push LGBTQ activism into the nation’s education system. The organization additionally promotes using lawsuits to block laws that would protect children from being taught gender ideology while at school.
The “It Gets Better Project” is an organization known for promoting LGBTQ issues to children. The organization states that its mission is “to uplift, empower, and connect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) youth around the globe.” This includes through “storytelling and media.” The organization explains: “We work in all forms of media to bring messages of hope to LGBTQ+ youth, spark conversations about the challenges they confront, and inform and positively influence their sexual orientation and gender identity journey.”