Boys Will Be Girls Will Be Boys
Do not be deceived. The current push for transgender bathroom and locker room access in our children’s schools is not simply a matter of trying to accommodate students who identify as transgender. It is part of a larger war on male-female distinctions, part of the LGBT-activist plan to “deconstruct gender.”
How can I be so sure? It’s easy.
I’ve been documenting this for the last decade, to the point that the title of this article, “Boys Will Be Girls Will Be Boys,” is borrowed from title of the chapter on children’s education in my 2011 book A Queer Thing Happened to America.
I started that chapter with this poem, “Here at School the Slant Is Gay.” Shall we recite it together?
Little Johnny went to school
There to learn a brand new rule;
No longer could the boys be boys
Or have their special trucks and toys;
Only six, so young and tender
It’s time for him to unlearn gender
And break the binding two-sex mold
That hurtful thinking that’s so old.
Parents at home can have their say
But here at school, the slant is gay.
In other words, to make this clear
There’s nothing wrong with being queer.
Having two moms is mighty fine;
To disagree is out of line.
We’ll deconstruct the family
And smash religious bigotry
And keep the church out of the state
By saying faith is really hate.
Free speech can only go one way,
Since here at school, the slant is gay.
So little ones, it’s time to learn
‘bout famous queers, each one in turn;
Lesbian greats long neglected
Well known gays just now detected.
Some, perhaps, were man-boy lovers;
We’ll keep that stuff under the covers.
GLSEN* will fill in for Granny
And help kids find their inner-trannie.
Those born in a body that’s wrong
Will hear of sex-change before long.
And through the years as Johnny grows
He will learn that anything goes.
With Bill, who’s trans and Joe, who’s bi-,
And Sue, who thinks that she’s a guy.
United in the Day of Silence,
Joining the Gay Straight Alliance —
A queer new system rules the day,
Since here at school, the slant is gay.
Already in 2011 (actually, several years before that), it was the official policy of the San Francisco Unified School District School Board that “students shall have access to the restroom that corresponds to their gender identity exclusively and consistently at school.”
In Los Angeles schools, “gender identity” was said to refer “to one’s understanding, interests, outlook, and feelings about whether one is female or male, or both, or neither, regardless of one’s biological sex.” This was (and is) official school policy.
I also pointed out that many schools used the GLSEN Lunchbox, which I purchased back in 2007. Included in this educational tool were class activities for elementary school students such as “Deconstructing Definitions of Family” and “Discovering Your Inner Trannie” (meaning, of course, your inner transgender identity).
Already in 2004, GLSEN offered a lesson plan that included a section on “cross dressing and non-gender conforming clothing,” with the cross dressing lesson entitled, “What’s With the Dress, Jack?”
Why are we so shocked that, more than 12 years later, with so few parents being aware of this aggressive curriculum, let alone taking action against it, that these concepts are now considered mainstream in many of our schools? Why are we so surprised that the Obama administration is aggressively pushing these concepts? After all, in 2009, President Obama appointed Kevin Jennings, then the Executive Director of GLSEN, to be the Safe School Czar.
The GLSEN Lunchbox also included “Terminology Game Cards,” including definitions like:
- Gender Identity: One’s innermost concept of self as “male,” “female” or “intersexual.”
- Gender Role: The socially constructed and culturally specific behavior and appearance expectations imposed on females (“femininity”) and males (“masculinity”).
- Transgender: A broad term for all gender-variant people, including transsexuals, cross-dressers and people who choose to identify as neither of the two sexes as they are currently defined.
- Cross Dresser: People who regularly or occasionally wear the clothing socially assigned to the other sex, but are usually comfortable with their birth-assigned sex and do not wish to change it.
- Genderqueer: People who do not identify, or who do not express themselves as completely male or female; may or may not identify as transgender.
- Gender Non-Conforming: Perceived to have gender characteristics and/or behaviors that do not conform to traditional or societal expectations; may not identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer.
And you thought your little children were just learning their ABC’s!
As for the title of my chapter (and this article), I adapted it from a coloring book titled Girls Will Be Boys Will Be Girls, described as, “the antithesis of the ‘Dick and Jane’ coloring book, this is a funny, playful and provocative deconstruction of traditional gender roles. … Ages 12 and up.”
The book included questions like:
- How many genders are there?
- What would the world look like without gender?
- In what ways do you feel confined or restricted by your assigned gender?
- Was the gender assigned to you the one you feel most comfortable with?
- How do you unlearn gender?
One of the illustrations in the book featured two kids of undetermined sex standing in front of the school bathrooms, with one of them commenting, “I should have worn a skirt. The pants bathroom is full.” Another picture showed three kids, at least one of whom appears to be a cross-dresser, standing in front of four “Gender Menus.” The caption read, “I never knew we had so much to choose from!” There was even a page featuring four girls holding the GAGA sign, standing for “Girls against Gender Assignment.”
I also pointed to Mollie Biewald postcards (also available as posters) bearing the catchy title, “How to Eradicate Gender or Multiply it Exponentially.” (Note that Mollie was just a teenager when she compiled this list.)
She offered the following suggestions:
- Spend a day in drag
- Write to organizations that call themselves “gay and lesbian” and ask them to change it to “Queer.”
- Think twice before you ask people if their child is a boy or a girl.
- Join the transsexual menace.
- Refer to everyone by the incorrect pronoun.
- Challenge the binary gender paradigm over Thanksgiving dinner.
- Refuse to check off your sex when filling out forms.
- Hang out with children and teach them how to cross dress Barbie and GI Joe.
- Experiment with new ways to accentuate your queerness using language, dress, movement and, of course, accessories
The chapter from which I’m citing this material is ten times the length of this article, and even then, I could only offer a small sampling of what was being taught in our schools as of the beginning of 2011.
Things have spiraled exponentially since then, with the government now threatening schools that do not conform to this radical agenda, and with headlines reading, “Washington State To Teach Transgenderism To Kindergartners.”
So, make no mistake about it. President Obama may tell us that the issue of transgender access to bathrooms and locker rooms is simply a matter of living out the golden rule, but he knows full well that it is actually part of a much larger, longstanding LGBT agenda devoted to deconstructing gender and redefining family.
As I have urged before, I now urge again: Parents, educators and spiritual leaders, it’s time to dig in your heels and say, “Not on my watch!”
* GLSEN stands for the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network