California Parents Protest Explicit Sex Ed, Gender Fluidity Lessons in Elementary Schools

Alex Madajian | April 9, 2019 | 1:35pm EDT
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( -- An estimated 500 protesters gathered at the steps of the Sacramento Capitol Building on March 28 to protest explicit sex education, including gender fluidity lessons, being taught in the state’s elementary schools.

The protest was organized by the Informed Parents of California (IPCA), which was established following the enactment of the California Healthy Youth Act in January 2016. That legislation was initially called the California Comprehensive Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Prevention Education Act and was designed to providecomprehensive sexual health education and HIV prevention education” to California kids in grades seven through 12.

“They want to teach our children how to give and receive consent,” said IPCA Founder Stephanie Yates at the Capitol, as reported by the Sacramento Bee. “There’s so many things wrong with this curriculum and framework. Our children are not legally allowed to give and receive consent… It [should be] nobody touches me, not [how to] have negotiation skills for child sex!”

IPCA has organized school walk-outs — called SeXXX ed Sit-outs — in which 40 school districts participated.

IPCA co-Founder Aileen Blachowski said, “Department of Education, hear this loud and clear: The parents of California will not submit their children to indoctrination. … If you will not listen to us. … We will pull our kids from your schools.”

The state-wide curriculum, which is implemented under the Health Education Framework, says its goal is to “teach knowledge and skills related to comprehensive sexual health and HIV prevention education in grades kindergarten through grade six (K–6), inclusive.”

The conservative California Family Council (CFC) studied the 1,000-plus pages of the Framework. In a summary of what the state is offering to elementary schools – “cut and pasted directly from the California Department of Education Website:,” nothing altered -- the CFC noted that the Framework recommends the book, My Princess Boy by Cheryl Kilodavis, for kids in kindergarten.  

(Screenshot My Princess Boy, Califonria Family Council.)

“[S] students can still begin to challenge gender stereotypes in a way that is age appropriate,” reads the Framework’s comments for My Princess Boy.  While students may not fully understand the concepts of gender expression and identity, some children in kindergarten and even younger have identified as transgender or understand they have a gender identity that is different from their sex assigned at birth.”

On one of the book’s pages it reads, “His dad tells my Princess Boy how pretty he looks in a dress. His dad holds his hand and tells him how to twirl! My Princess Boy smiles and hugs his dad.”

Also recommended for kindergarten is The Great Big Book of Families, which promotes the idea that all family structures are valid – “families with lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender parents, guardians, or caretakers and children,” and so on.

For Grade 1, the Framework recommends Who Are You?: The Kids Guide to Gender Identity by Brook Pessin-Whedbee. On one page the book teaches, “These are just a few words people use: trans, genderqueer, non-binary, gender fluid, transgender, gender neutral, agender, neutrois, bigender, third gender, two –spirit …”

Most kids in Grade 1 are six years old. To learn more about the books and lessons recommended in the Framework, click here.

For Fifth graders in the Framework it states, “Fifth-grade students will have an opportunity to learn that gender is not strictly defined by physical anatomy or sex assigned at birth. Rather, students understand that gender refers to attitudes, feelings, characteristics, and behaviors that a given culture associates with being male or female.”

(Screenshot, California Family Council.)

The Framework further says, "Instruction on sexual health content must affirm diverse sexual orientations and include examples of same-sex relationships when discussing relationships. Comprehensive sexual health instruction must also include gender, gender expression, gender identity, and the harmful outcomes that may occur from negative
gender stereotypes (EC section 51933[d][6])."

In a statement provided to Channel 10 ABC, the California Department of Education said, “Our priority is to make all children feel comfortable at school… dispelling myths, breaking down stereotypes, and linking students to resources  ... the [California Healthy Youth Act] and the health framework are critical steps towards this goal.”

State Sen. Mike Morrell (R ), borrowing from Churchill, told the crowd at the Capitol, “Never, never, never, never–in nothing great or small, large or petty–never give in, except to convictions of honor and good sense. As California goes, so goes the nation. … California is the battle ground for the soul of the United States of America. “

State Sen. Brian Jones (R ) said, “I don’t want the government to dictate to my wife and I how we raise our kids, ” Jones said. Of all the things I am, “I’m the husband of a fired up mama. If you mess with my wife’s kids, you’ve got a battle on your hands."

“The State Board of Education is attacking our liberty with these disgusting, unintellectual proposals," said Jones. "The parent-child relationship is sacred. … Parents and guardians know what is best for their children.”

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