At the start of June, members of the Los Angeles Unified School District began encouraging students to celebrate Pride Month with coloring books and bingo cards featuring “LGBTQ+ icons.”
An interactive digital flyer posted to the LAUSD Human Relations, Diversity, and Equity website lists ways to “celebrate Pride” during the month of June, inviting educators to “hand out Pride swag” like flags and pronoun name tags, teach lessons “on LGBTQ+ history,” “have a lunchtime parade,” and “create and pass out ally pledge cards.”
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The flyer and its associated contents were designed by the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network.
“We’Wha,” described as an “Indigenous Two-Spirit Zuni tribe member from New Mexico,” is the first person in the coloring book. The description states, in part, “As a child being Two-Spirit, We’Wha learned a mixture of Zuni feminine and masculine traditional roles.”
The bingo card includes several LGBTQ+ flags as well as phrases like “BIPOC,” “Drag Con,” “out and proud,” and “bathroom/locker room.”
News of the LAUSD flyer comes as police in North Hollywood were called in to separate protesters and counter-protesters outside Saticoy Elementary School, where an LGBTQ book reading was taking place.
The parents protesting the “Pride Day” assembly held signs with messages like, “Parental choice matters,” “No pride in grooming,” and “Leave our kids alone.” Some 100 counter-protesters who supported the LGBTQ event gathered on the other side of the street, the Log Angeles Times reported.
The Pride event included a reading of “The Great Big Book of Families,” a pro-LGBTQ book chronicling a diverse group of familial structures. Parents argued it should be up to them to decide whether to introduce such content to their children.
At least one LAUSD board member who was present at the protest disagreed, according to KABC-TV.
“It’s a few pages just talking about the different types of families that exist,” said LAUSD School Board Member Kelly Gonez. “I don’t think that there’s any credibility to any allegations that this would be inappropriate for students.”
Jack Satamian, a father to two at Saticoy, voiced his concerns about the Pride event.
“I didn’t bring them into this world for a teacher to explain to them what is gay — or what two men or two women do,” he said. “Some certain things should be left to the parents to decide whether they want their kids to be exposed to it or not, at least at a certain age.”
“I am not against the gay community,” the father continued. “Everybody choosing their own hat — what they want to do — but I do have a problem with them trying to bring it into an elementary school.”
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