This Washington high school is asking teachers to avoid saying “biologically male”

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“‘Biological boy’ is a term that anti-trans activists often use to ignore and discredit transgender girls,” says Seattle-area Lynnwood High School.

A dean shows off a transgender bathroom at his high school (Mark Ralston/AFP via Getty Images)

Patrick Hauf • September 20, 2022 4:20 p.m.

According to internal documents obtained by the Free Washington Beacon.

Ari Dodge Sheehan, the council secretary at Seattle-area Lynnwood High School, sent an email to all employees in March promoting “Transgender Visibility Day” and providing guidelines on how to working with transgender students. The post included a section on “terms to avoid” which listed “born male”, “born female”, “biologically male”, “biologically female”, “biological boy”, “biological girl”, “genetically male”. , and “genetically feminine”.

“Phrases like the ones above oversimplify a complex topic and are often used by anti-transgender activists to inaccurately imply that a trans person is not who they say they are,” wrote Sheehan in the email, which was obtained via a public information request. “‘Biological boy’ is a term that anti-trans activists often use to ignore and discredit transgender girls and deny them access to society as an authentic gender identity. … A person’s biology does not determine not a person’s gender identity.”

In the face of parental backlash, public school districts across the country have privately pushed hardline curriculum and gender policies toward students, according to a series of internal documents obtained by the Free tag. A school district in Texas, for example, asked its teachers to take paid time off to take a course on “how to create supportive learning environments for LGBTQIA+ students” from the age of five. Nebraska secretly enlisted a Planned Parenthood activist to help write its sex-ed standards, which included lesson plans on transgender hormone therapy for children as young as 10. The Maine Department of Education, meanwhile, cited George Floyd’s death in internal communications as justification for its Biden-funded sex-ed lesson that taught kindergarteners about transgender.

Sheehan sent the email the same month the Biden administration said transgender hormone treatments were “vital health care” for children and threatened to take legal action against states that ban sex. access to these medicines for minors. A statement from the White House and the Department of Health and Human Services in honor of “Transgender Visibility Day” this year cited a study from the Trevor Project, which is funded by hormone drug maker, the Free tag reported.

Harmony Weinberg, communications manager for the Edmonds School District of Lynnwood High School, said the school “puts students first by creating a sense of belonging.”

“We want to emphasize that our students are the reason for everything we do,” Weinberg told the Free beacon. She did not respond to a request for comment on whether the banning phrase is official district policy.

Sheehan’s email also encouraged teachers to use students’ preferred pronouns and names. To do otherwise, Sheehan argued, would be a nefarious tactic called “deadnaming.” She said transgender students often feel safer at school than at home.

“Here in Edmonds School District, we support students and allow them to change their names and pronouns to match their gender identity,” Sheehan wrote. “School is often the only place where trans students feel safe enough to be themselves.”

In other emails, the school district cited research from the Trevor Project, an organization that advocates transgender hormone therapy for children.

This isn’t the Edmonds School District’s first controversy involving gender identity. In March, first-graders in the district reportedly received a worksheet outlining how gender can be “girl,” “boy” or “neither or both.” The worksheet also included an activity for students to “create a snowman that is an example of how you identify yourself.”

Some Republican governors have pushed back on the White House’s promotion of transgender identity among children. Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R., Va.) in September ordered schools in his state to only recognize transgender students if their parents approve. Gov. Ron DeSantis’ (R., Fla.) Health Department dismissed the White House’s endorsement of hormone treatment for minors as “injecting political ideology into the health of our children.” DeSantis also successfully pushed to ban gender identity classes in her state’s public schools between kindergarten and third grade.

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