Maryland School District To Introduce LGBTQ Books That Teaches Words ‘Intersex,’ ‘Drag Queen’ To Pre-K Students, Reports Say

 Maryland School District To Introduce LGBTQ Books That Teaches Words ‘Intersex,’ ‘Drag Queen’ To Pre-K Students, Reports Say

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Maryland’s wealthiest school district is introducing a new curriculum that features LGBTQ-inclusive books for elementary schools. The books will teach students as young as 4, words like

“intersex” and “drag queen,”

NY Post reports. 

The concept was introduced in August after a professional development meeting held by Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) whose goal is to,

“[Build] community with LGBTQ+ affirming picture books,”

reports reveal. Teachers are given a list of LGBTQ+ books for ages pre-K through fifth-grade classes. 

“All students deserve to see themselves in their school and classroom, including students who identify as LGBTQ+ and come from LGBTQ+ headed families and have family members that are a part of the LGBTQ+ community,”

the presentation states.

“There are no planned explicit lessons related to gender and sexuality, but these books do mean that LGBTQ+ identities will be made visible. Inclusive curricula support a student’s ability to empathize, connect, and collaborate with a diverse group of peers, and encourage respect for all.”

Pre-K teachers were given a resource guide to help use supportive language such as

“cisgender,” “gender binary,” “transgender,” “pansexual” and “queer,”

when defining LGBTQ+ words. According to the outlet, students in kindergarten, ages 5 and 6, are urged to read the 2021 book,

“Uncle Bobby’s Wedding,”

which is about a wedding between two men. Each grade is given specific books to read that are intended to cater to their age group. 

Teachers were also given a guide on how to respond to backlash from students and parents. MCPS staff are to explain that the readings are about

“diversity” not “anatomy.”

In a statement to Fox News Digital, MCPS disclosed that the readings won’t be forced and that they will not be scheduled for use until families are informed.

#Clique, what are your thoughts?

Tatiana Tait

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