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March 7, 2016

Gender Identity In Kindergarten

In what is probably a sign of things to come, gender identity has become a contentious issue at the Nova Classical Academy in St. Paul, Minnesota.  Last Fall the principal announced that the school would be taking steps to "support a student who is gender nonconforming."  Among other things, parents were told that kindergarten children "will listen to various books that celebrate differences and will be teaching children about the beauty of being themselves."  According to the email, one of the books would be "My Princess Boy," about a boy who likes to dress up like a girl.

It soon unfolded that the gender nonconforming student was in kindergarten.

Many parents became concerned about the idea of introducing the concept of transgenderism and gender identity issues at such an early age.  So far ten students have transferred out of the school, and applications for next year are down significantly for the first time in the school's history.  One mother explained why she withdrew her daughter from the school:

Our daughter – because she is a normal kindergartner who was raised in a family where we had some social norms regarding biological gender and sex – now she's asking questions like, 'How does a boy become a girl when they're born with a penis?'  She has two brothers, so she's wondering, how is this possible, as the boy is wearing a jumper and has ribbons and ponytails in his hair.

Another child told her mother, "I think you can choose if you want to be a boy or a girl."

Four months since the initial email, the situation is ongoing.  According to one parent the school has issued what it calls an "emergency" policy for transgender and gender nonconforming students:

• Boys and girl may wear whichever uniform they want.

• Students requesting access to a bathroom conforming to his or her gender identity will be granted or denied permission on a case-by-case basis.

• Preferred gender pronouns also will be required on a case-by-case basis.

One mother summed up parents' concerns this way:  "If physiologists and medical doctors don't quite understand gender fluidity, then why do we try to impose this on people who are just trying to figure out how to tie their shoe?  It's not fair.  It's not just."

You can read the full story at The Daily Signal

For further reading, we recommend these articles from Salvo:

Gender Benders 
Is My Sexual Identity an Accident Waiting to Happen?

Unmaking a Different
Is Gender Neutrality the New Stereotype?

Gender Benders 
Look, Mom, I'm a girl!

Failed Operations
Medical Malpractice in an Age of Gender Denial Disorder

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