School stirs controversy with ‘Genderbread,’ sex checklists

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Lafayette, CA A school program that offers a transgender twist on a holiday tradition and tells young teens they might be “ready for sex” has some parents in the San Francisco Bay Area alarmed and taking action.

Parents of students at Acalanes High School in Lafayette, Calif. started asking questions after their teenagers began telling them about presentations in a sex education class at the school.

According to the Pacific Justice Institute, some students reported that an instructor threw a model of female reproductive organs at a student and that the instructions left them feeling pressured to have sex.

The parents of the students obtained documents from the school district that indicated that some of the controversial classroom instruction which may also have been illegal.

The Acalanes Union High School District has admitted to a partnership with Planned Parenthood to teach the sex education course.

“This is nothing but a sales meeting,” said No to Irresponsible Sex Education (NOISE) coalition member Camille Giglio, a Walnut Creek resident, told Contra Costa Times. “They’re accessing students to find present and future clients without parents understanding what is going on in the classroom.”

The school district further disclosed that the sex education class uses a diagram called the “Genderbread Person” to teach students that they could be “agender,” “nongendered,” “asex” or “nobody.”

The diagram states that gender is one of those things everybody thinks they understand, but don’t. “It’s not either/or.”

The district also disclosed documents that included a checklist given to students entitled, “Sex Check! Are You Ready For Sex?” The checklist suggest to the 13- and 14-year-olds that they are ready for sex if they won’t feel bad about it and know how to tell their partner what feels good. The young teens were also encouraged to ask each other questions like, “Is it okay if I take my pants off?” according to PJI.

Giglio told CBS news that she wanted Planned Parenthood out of the high schools not because of what they are teaching, but what they are selling.

“Planned Parenthood is a business. It’s a business that sells sex. It’s a way to get clientele and to sexualize young people and turn them into lifelong clients,” Giglio told CBS.

Pacific Justice Institute, on behalf of the students’ parents, sent a letter to the district on Nov. 24 raising “serious concerns” as to the legality of the program and included requests for public records. The district responded Dec. 4 asking for an additional two weeks to locate the records.

Meanwhile, parents are collecting signatures on a petition and are working to educate the school community about what is happening behind closed doors at AHS.

According to PJI, the school district and the AHS principal have resisted calls to pull the program, which is scheduled to resume in January. A number of parents are expected to speak out about the program at a Dec. 10 school board meeting.

— by Christian News Journal staff

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