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If you’re following along, we’ve been detailing efforts to push LGBTQ indoctrination in Iowa City schools. This next article will focus on the section creating supportive and inclusive school environments.

First up, ensuring a school has norms and values that support LGBTQ students, which requires schools to have gender and sexuality inclusive norms that avoid distinguishing roles according to student’s or educator’s sex or gender.

They do NOT want the gender binary idea to be reinforced. That’s the classification of sex and gender into two distinct, opposite and disconnected forms of masculine and feminine.

And they also do NOT want schools reinforcing heteronormativity, the belief that people must be either male or female and that heterosexuality is the only or should be the only sexual orientation.

Another goal for the task force is gender-neutral restrooms. But that’s not all. The report quotes the American Psychological Association and the National Association of School Psychologists, who recommend:

“Allowing all students, staff and teachers to have access to the sex-segregated facilities, activities and programs that are consistent with their gender identity, including, but not limited to, bathrooms, locker rooms, sports teams, and classroom activities, and avoiding the use of gender segregation in school uniforms, school dances, and extracurricular activities, and providing gender-neutral bathroom options for individuals who would prefer to use them.”

The task force members talked about the importance of describing those restrooms as “gender-inclusive” rather than “gender-neutral.”

In the fall of 2017, Iowa City City High created a gender-neutral bathroom. It converted a male restroom and added private stalls. The estimated cost of converting that restroom was $1,516. The report encourages the district to add gender-neutral restrooms throughout the district.

Events, extracurricular activities and sports were next. The report even takes on the idea of having a homecoming court separated by gender.

“The task force believes the district should discontinue the separation of activities like homecoming court by gender and avoid gender-specific language in promotions for school activities like sports.

Jacob Hall

Author: Jacob Hall