Suburban D.C. School System Changes ‘Biological Sex’ to ‘Sex Assigned at Birth’

By Brady Kenyon | June 18, 2018 | 12:49pm EDT

( - The school board in Fairfax County, Va., a suburb of Washington, D.C., voted on June 14 to make changes to the sex education curriculum, including changing references of "biological sex" to "sex assigned at birth" in the curriculum.

The new curriculum includes informing students about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a drug used by people at risk of HIV infection. Further, the board approved changes to make the dress code more gender neutral.

The change however that received the most criticism was the bid to change the term “biological sex” to “sex assigned at birth.”

“I am nevertheless disappointed to see the Board has chosen ideology over biology in introducing such terms as ‘sex assigned at birth’ in place of ‘biological sex’ in the schools’ Family Life Education (FLE) curriculum," said Bishop Michael F. Burbidge.

"It is also distressing to see students receiving information about the drug regimen PrEP (Pre-exposure prophylaxis) while at the same time not learning that abstinence is the only 100% effective way of preventing the transmission of sexually transmitted infections (STIs),”he said.

School board member Elizabeth Schultz made a strong statement commenting on the vote, “I think it's incredibly sad to ignore parents and the community to move forward to adopt false and ideologically driven content.”

“It undermines the right of citizens to a transparent government. With the number of comments received, clearly your community is telling you — do not do this, you have not engaged us, you are not representing our voice,” Schultz added.

While the school board approved the changes, a majority of parents opposed the idea. The school district received 1,318 emails regarding the changes. Nine-hundred forty-one emails opposed the use of the term “sex assigned at birth,” NBC Washington reported.

“Supporters of the new sex education proposal said it is more reflective of the human experience. They believe it is more forward-thinking and inclusive of LGBTQ and transgender students,” Fox 5 television reported.

Parent Hope Wojciech told the board they should not support or promote students being “taught something that is untrue and inconsistent with human biology.”

“These recommendations imprison students in half-truths and lies. Biological sex is not a mistake, it’s not a stigma, it’s not a choice,” argued parent Laura Bryant-Hanford.

Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, commented on the changes, writing in a column, “The list of changes reads like a page out of the gay rights agenda, so thoroughly out of touch with reality are they.”


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