According to an email obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation, "The goal is for students to understand the difference between gender, sexual orientation and sex assigned at birth. Students are NOT being asked to share their specific identities for each of these components, rather just acknowledging that they exist and are different and how to show respect for all identities."
The program is part of HRCF's "Health and Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Lessons," a portion of their "Welcoming Schools" project to create more "gender inclusive schools."
The week-long campaign will include "read-alouds" and "classroom discussions" surrounding gender identity, sex assigned at birth and sexual orientation, before concluding with a "rainbow day."
The email encourages families to watch an introductory video that explains what the school district is teaching and why.
The video features a "gender snowperson" who explains that gender identity comes from the brain and is "who you know you are," whereas sexual orientation comes from the heart and is "who you know you love."
The video describes sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression as part of a "continuum," or a spectrum.
Students from kindergarten through the third grade will learn about sexual orientation based on "who they love," emphasizing that "anyone can love anyone," while grades four and five will learn the definitions of gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual and asexual, the video explains.
"There are students in our schools with different gender identities," the video stated. "We have at MMSD many elementary school students who identify as cisgender, as transgender, as nonbinary and the whole spectrum of identities. And if we aren't talking and teaching about these different identities, students don't see themselves and they don't feel like they belong in our schools."
The school district published a video in 2019 of elementary school kids "coming out" and giving their pronouns.
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