Kansas City Kansas Public Schools has guidelines to keep gender identity of students secret from parents; provides training that includes the “Genderbread Person” and “Gender Unicorn”


Kansas City Kansas Public Schools has a document titled “Guidelines for Transgender Students at School” posted online on BoardDocs. The document explains that teachers should keep the gender identity of students a secret from parents: “School personnel should not disclose information that may reveal a student’s transgender status or gender nonconforming presentation to others, including parents and other school personnel, unless legally required to do so or unless the student has authorized such disclosure.” The document then provides the procedure to take in order to ensure parents do not find out about their children’s gender identity:

Transgender and gender nonconforming students have the right to discuss and express their gender identity and expression openly and to decide when, with whom, and how much to share private information. When contacting the parent or guardian of a transgender or gender nonconforming student, school personnel should use the student’s legal name and the pronoun corresponding to the student’s gender assigned at birth unless the student, parent, or guardian has specified otherwise.

The policy further explains that “a student has the right to be addressed by a name and pronoun that corresponds to the student’s gender identity.” Refusing to acknowledge a student’s preferred gender identity is considered “a violation of these guidelines.” The policy states that students should also have access to the restrooms and locker rooms that fit their preferred gender identity.

The school district’s BoardDocs website also has a document of the “Genderbread Person.” The “Genderbread Person” is an image often used by educators in an attempt to teach students that gender is on a spectrum.

On September 18, 2017, then-Superintendent Cynthia Lane sent a letter to the Board of Education titled “Supporting Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Students in the Kansas City Kansas School District.” The letter recommends “that the Kansas City Board of Education accept as an informational item the District Plan for supporting our Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Students.”

The district’s BoardDocs website also has a training presentation that was for the Board of Education titled “Meeting the Needs of Our Gender Non-Conforming and Transgender Students: Creating Equity through Policy Change and Professional Development.” The training featured both the “Genderbread Person” and the “Gender Unicorn.” The “Gender Unicorn” is another image that schools have used in an attempt to teach children that gender exists on a spectrum. The training also used resources from the organizations GLSEN and Human Rights Campaign that are known for pushing LGBTQ issues and gender ideology onto young children.