Fayette County Public Schools has a page on the district’s website titled “Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual+ students.” The page provides LGBTQ resources for students and outright states that a goal is to encourage students to be political activists: “We will empower students to affect change by supporting student-led efforts to positively impact their own schools and local communities, and we will continue to grow our Gay Straight Alliances (GSAs) within schools.”
The page features two book lists for students titled “Books for high school: Read the Rainbow” and “Books for middle grades: Love is Love.” Both lists are inaccessible to the public. The organizations GLSEN and the Human Rights Campaign are also listed as resources for students.
The school district also has a “Land Acknowledgement” posted online. This acknowledgement states: “Fayette County Public Schools respectfully acknowledges that we learn and work together on campuses and in facilities that sit upon the traditional territory and lands of the Osage, Shawnee, Cherokee, Adena, and Hopewell peoples.” The district further explains that this “is an important first step in understanding our place in history and sustains long-standing Indigenous traditions.”
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 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.