California Department of Education recommends transgender books for preschoolers

As California students return to school this year, they may encounter books and materials promoting LGBT, transgender and gender ideology topics for children as young as kindergarten and kindergarten.

Dozens of books dealing with such topics are promoted for classroom use by the state Department of Education’s Recommended Literature List under the theme “Gender/Sexuality.”

Brenda Lebsack, a teacher of 30 years and former school board member of the Orange Unified School District, told The Epoch Times in a statement that LGBT groups have expanded the word “queer” to encompass hundreds of sexualities and identities. different genders, and that these are now being taught to children in schools.

Last year, the California State Board of Education approved its model ethnic studies curriculum, which includes the acronym “LGBTQ+” as a marginalized group. The state health education framework explains this concept in more detail.

“Historically, the acronym included lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, but has continued to expand to include queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, ally, and alternative (LGBTQQIAA) identities, as well as concepts expanding that may fall under this generic term in the future,” the executive states.

A children’s book about gender in Irvine, Calif., Sept. 7, 2022. (John Fredricks/The Epoch Times)

Now the state’s education department is recommending books for students that teach about expanded sexualities and gender identities.

For example, the department recommends the book “Julian is a Mermaid” for preschool and pre-kindergarten children.

The book describes a young boy named Julian who wants to be a mermaid after seeing a parade of people dressed as mermaids while out with his grandmother.

“Julian has a great idea,” the book reads, showing Julian stripping out of his clothes and donning lipstick and curtains for his mermaid costume.

When Julian’s grandmother sees his costume, she gives him a pearl necklace to complete his outfit. She then takes him outside to join the other adults dressed as mermaids.

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A transgender-affirming children’s book in Irvine, Calif., Aug. 30, 2022. (John Fredricks/The Epoch Times)

For children in kindergarten through second grade, the list recommends “Call Me Max,” a book about a child who “let his teacher know he wants to be called by a boy’s name.”

“Call Me Max” was written by Kyle Lukoff, a transgender writer.

In the book, Max states, “When I look in the mirror, I see…a boy who is transgender.”

“When a baby is born, an adult says, ‘It’s a boy!’ or “It’s a girl!” “, we read in the book. “When a baby grows up to be transgender, it means the adult who said they were a boy or a girl made a mistake.”

At the end of the book, Max declares: “being a boy is no better than being a girl. But being myself is the best.

Along the same lines, “It Feels Good to Be Yourself” is another book on the list for children in kindergarten through second grade that “explores identities across the spectrum by introducing diverse children “.

The book was written by Theresa Thorn, host of the comedy podcast “One Bad Mother,” and illustrated by Noah Grigni, a non-binary transgender writer.

It features Ruthie – who was born a boy but later said her gender identity was female – and her brother, Xavier, who was born a boy and whose gender identity is “cisgender”.

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A children’s book about gender in Irvine, Calif., Sept. 7, 2022. (John Fredricks/The Epoch Times)

The siblings have a pair of friends who are both non-binary – one is “both boy and girl”, while another is “neither boy nor girl”.

“Some children don’t feel exactly like a boy or a girl, they feel neither,” the book reads. “Some children feel like their gender identity isn’t always the same – it changes often. And even with all of these possible ways of being, some children feel like none of the words they know are right for them.

At the end of the book, there is a list of “helpful terms”, including the terms “intersex”, “transgender”, “gender identity”, “gender expression”, “non-binary”, and “cisgender”.

“Your feelings about your gender are real. Listen to your heart,” the book reads. “It feels good to be yourself, doesn’t it?”

For middle schoolers, “Rick” is a novel about an 11-year-old boy who joins a Rainbow Spectrum club at school where he can “discover his own identity, which may just be opting out of sex altogether.”

In the book, Rick joins a Rainbow Spectrum club at school, where members discuss their gender identity, sexual orientation, pronouns, and “LGBTQIAP+ rights.”

Rick learns the term “asexual”; “aromantic”, which describes people who are not sexually or romantically attracted to anyone; “graysexual” and “grayromantic”, which refer to people who are occasionally attracted to others; and “demisexual” and “demiromantic”, which describe those who are only romantically or sexually attracted to people “after developing a deep connection”.

In another scene, Rick’s grandfather dresses up as a woman and does Rick’s makeup for an event.

“Some people who wear skirts and make up are women,” Rick’s grandfather explains in the book. “Me, I’m a guy, it doesn’t matter how I’m dressed.”

Near the end of the book, Rick “reveals” himself to his father as asexual.

When Rick’s father replies that Rick is too young to be “something like that”, he is fired by Rick, who insists, “right now my path is that nobody interests me.”

Across the country, these titles have made their way to schools in other states such as New York and Oregon.

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A children’s book about gender in Irvine, Calif., Sept. 7, 2022. (John Fredricks/The Epoch Times)

Last year, New York City announced a $200 million plan to develop a standardized math and English curriculum, with an emphasis on diversity. The program’s independent reading collection contains several books that feature LGBT and gender ideology for young children, according to a Fox News investigation.

Some of the books in the collection include ‘Julian is a Mermaid’, ‘Love is Love’, a story about same-sex relationships for first graders, and ‘I’m Not a Girl: A Transgender Story’, also for ages. first year students. .

In the North Clackamas school district near Portland, Oregon, “It Feels Good to Be Yourself” and “Julian is a Mermaid” are available in elementary schools, according to screenshots from an online portal obtained by Fox News, while high schools have books such as “Fun Home,” a graphic novel about a teenage lesbian, and the graphic memoir “Gender Queer,” both of which depict scenes of sexual acts and masturbation.

Betsy McCaughey, an author and public policy expert who was formerly New York’s lieutenant governor, said the release of these materials does not proportionately reflect the actual number of people with gender dysphoria.

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A display in the Barnes & Noble bookstore at Tysons Corner mall promotes “banned books” in McLean, Va., Aug. 27, 2022. (Terri Wu/The Epoch Times)

About 0.6% of the US population over the age of 13, or about 1.6 million people, identify as transgender, according to a June 2022 study from the Williams Institute at UCLA.

A 2020 study from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles found that gender dysphoria — the distress caused by a discrepancy between a person’s gender identity and their biological sex at birth — occurs in approximately 75% of transgender people before the age of seven.

For this reason, McCaughey suggested in an op-ed for the New York Post that teachers and school counselors be trained to help children with gender dysphoria, but discouraged schools from introducing such topics into classrooms. .

“These books have no place in our elementary schools,” McCaughey told The Epoch Times in a statement. “Gender dysphoria is an extremely rare condition. Those who have it deserve our respect and sympathy. But telling all the children about it is pointless, confusing for them and hurtful.

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