The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the largest LGBT activist group in the world, is sponsoring its annual “Jazz & Friends National Day of School and Community Readings.” The 2021 event is Thursday, February 25, and teachers, parents and librarians are encouraged to read books about transgenderism to elementary school children.
The national event is part of HRC’s “Welcoming Schools” program, which creates resources and training for elementary school educators to, “embrace all families, create LGBTQ and gender inclusive schools, prevent bias-based bullying,” and “support transgender and non-binary students.”
“Jazz” is 20-year-old Jazz Jennings, who was born male and named Jared, but has since “transitioned” to living as female. Jennings story has been featured in the television series I Am Jazz, since 2015. A book with the same title, for 4 to 8-year-old children, is suggested by HRC for its national reading day.
But HRC isn’t alone in its quest to push inappropriate reading material on youngsters. The National Education Association (NEA) and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) are co-sponsoring the event, encouraging the reading of gender-confusing books to young children online and at schools and libraries.
In a promotion for the reading day, NEA President Becky Pringle and AASL President Kathy Carroll read the children’s book When Aidan Became a Brother, by Kyle Lukoff. Others who participated in the reading are Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, who has a “nonbinary” child; HRC President Alphonso David; “genderqueer” activist and author Jacob Tobia; and Delaware State Senator Sarah McBride, who is transgender identified.
Pringle tweeted, “I was thrilled to continue NEA’s tradition of participating in Jazz & Friends National Day of School & Community Readings, and read alongside @AlphonsoDavid and so many other special guests!”
When Aidan Became a Brother is targeted at pre-school to third grade children. The publisher gives this summary of the book:
When Aidan was born, everyone thought he was a girl. His parents gave him a pretty name, his room looked like a girl’s room, and he wore clothes that other girls liked wearing. After he realized he was a trans boy, Aidan and his parents fixed the parts of life that didn’t fit anymore, and he settled happily into his new life.
The publisher provides a teacher’s guide for When Aidan Became a Brother, where the author says:
When I was born, everyone thought I was a girl. But my story is very different from Aidan’s. I don’t have a little sibling (but I do have a big brother!), I liked wearing dresses, and it took me much longer to discover that I was a boy.
Of course, some parts of my story are very much like Aidan’s. That might be true for you too. If you’re a kid who is transgender like Aidan (or transgender but not like Aidan), I’m hoping this story helps you understand what you’re feeling, and helps you talk about it if you’re ready.
Once teachers and librarians have read the books to youngsters, the guide suggests asking questions like, “What did everyone think Aidan was when he was born?” and “What does Aidan realize about himself?”
The ”Background Section” of the teacher’s guide points teachers toward other LGBT resources, like the “Gender Wheel,” which expresses “the dynamic and infinite nature of gender.” The wheel has concentric, moving circles, with the inner wheel listing pronouns such as they, she, me, ze, he and tree (that’s not a typo).
The second wheel lets children spin and choose between different gender identities such as drag king, drag queen, girl, grrl, androgynous, boy, boi, genderqueer, genderfluid, boi grrl, queer femme, and more (again, those aren’t typos). The outer wheel reflects different bodies, such as cisgender girl, transgender girl, intersex, and cisgender boy.
The creator of the Gender Wheel suggests the resource for ages 0 to 10 and has children’s books, coloring books, curriculum, games and teacher’s handouts.
A third book suggested for classroom and library reading is My Rainbow, by Deshanna Neal. The author describes this as “a true story, based on the time I created a beautiful rainbow wig” for her “transgender girl.”
The NEA is the largest labor union in the U.S., claiming more than 3 million members, including classroom teachers, aspiring educators, higher education faculty and staff, and education support professionals. The organization had a budget of $341 million in 2013-2014 and spends millions each year on lobbying and political campaign contributions.
The AASL is a division of the American Library Association and has more than 7,000 members in primary and secondary schools in the U.S. and Canada.
Christians should respond with compassion and grace to individuals struggling with gender confusion. But at the same time, we should respond with truth and courage to activist groups – like HRC, the NEA and the AASL – who are spreading gender ideology to young children.
Parents with children in public elementary schools will want to find out if their children’s teachers, librarians, schools or school districts are promoting this national transgender reading day. They can take appropriate action to remove their children from this instruction and talk with school employees and administrators – with firmness and kindness – about why they oppose this indoctrination into a false gender ideology.
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