The Pride Divide

Whereas holidays and observances typically last a day or, on occasion, a week, the LGBTQIA+ lobby has an entire month devoted to “Pride.” And whatever you may think of Pride Month, there is no escaping it. Church services, baseball games, schools, etc., are forcing a radical sexual regimen, often hysterically, on all of us, and children, who tend to be sponges, are sopping it up. 

This year, the victim angle has been in play on a grand scale. The American Federation of Teachers reports, “It’s been a rough year for the LGBTQIA+ community. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has issued a state of emergency for LGBTQIA+ people in the United States. More than 525 anti-LGBTQIA+ bills have been introduced in state legislatures; more than 76 have already passed. Taken together, the bills push trans healthcare bans, require misgendering of trans students and support trans sports bans, trans bathroom bans, book bans, drag bans and ‘don’t say gay’ bans.” 

In a nutshell, HRC, the country’s “largest and most influential activist organization representing the interests of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community,” finds that in some places, men not being allowed in women’s bathrooms and 10-year-olds not being allowed to pick their own gender qualify as an “emergency.” 

HRC’s over-the-top alarmism aside, our nation’s youth are buying into the agenda. Big time. According to a CDC report, the results of which were released in April, 24.5 percent of high school students identify as gay, lesbian, transgender, or “something other than heterosexual.” Traditionally, that number has been around 3.8 percent. 

Now why wouldn’t a teen want to be LGBT? These days, it’s cool! It’s rad! 

In reality, the leap in numbers is social contagion. It’s the “in” thing, like owning a hula hoop, lava lamp, or mood ring. These older fads may have cost a few bucks at one time but they didn’t have the potential to damage anyone’s life. 

Regarding Pride Month in schools, Los Angeles is leading the country. At its June 6 board meeting, the L.A. school board passed several pointed resolutions on the subject. One of them states that “the Governing Board of the Los Angeles Unified School District proclaims and Commemorates June as LGBTQ+ Pride Month, October as LGBTQ+ History Month, as well as October 11th as National Coming Out Day, November 20th as Transgender Day of Remembrance, March 31st as Transgender Day of Visibility, and April 12th as Day of Silence to honor the contributions of the LGBTQ+ community.” 

Another resolution reads, “The Board encourages all schools to incorporate lessons on the LGBTQ+ community in instruction, utilize the Queer All Year calendar, and hold other commemorative activities in honor of Pride Month in June and LGBT History Month in October, as well as during the above-mentioned days.” 

Ah, the “Queer All Year Calendar!” No pictures of George Washington or Abraham Lincoln, of course, but rather people like Ru Paul, known as the “Queen of Drag” who adorns the December page, are represented. 

At the same time that the radical sexual agenda proliferates in Los Angeles, the traditional subjects are being downplayed. Per the 2022 state standardized tests, 40 percent of sixth-graders and 43 percent of seventh-graders meet grade-level standards in English. And just 19 percent of seventh-graders and 23 percent of eighth-graders are at grade level proficiency in math. 

But kink is hardly L.A.-specific. In 2024, California education officials are set to debut an “online LGBTQ+ cultural competency training course to be taken by public school teachers and other credentialed staff employed by the state’s 977 school districts.” 

In Eagle County, Colorado, teachers filled the Vilar Performing Arts Center with third, fourth, and fifth graders to see “Muse,” a performance that focused on an adult male transitioning to a female. Provocatively dressed men performing sexual dances were also included in the show. 

An elementary school in Charlottesville, Virginia, recently encouraged fourth graders to lead a Pride Month celebration of LGBTQ+ gender ideology during a schoolwide monthly meeting, according to video obtained by The Daily Signal.

Needless to say, extremist legislators and educrats nationwide have joyfully boarded the Pride train. In California, under Assembly Bill 957, coauthored by the State Assembly’s Lori Wilson (D-Suisun City) and Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), a parent could lose custody of his or her kid for not “affirming” or agreeing to a child’s claims about gender identity.

This bill is so over the top that California State Sen. Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita) urged parents to “flee” the state before it’s too late if they “love their children” in response to what he calls alarming language in a gender identity bill. “I was born and raised in this state. I love this state, but I’m not going to stay in this state. It’s just too oppressive, and I believe in freedom, and so I’m going to move to America when I leave the legislature,” he said.

AB 957 cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee with an 8-1 vote on June 13.

Also, California’s SB 107, which became law on January 1, further erodes parents’ rights by allowing minor children to travel to California for trans procedures. Citing the Protect Child Health Coalition, Katy Grimes, editor of the California Globe, explains, “. . . the law actually authorizes parental kidnapping (when a non-custodial parent illegally takes a child from the parent who has legal custody) if the purpose of the kidnapping is to subject the child to radical gender transition procedures.”

Additionally, the Golden State’s AB 665 would change an existing law that allows minors 12 and older to receive mental health counseling or therapy without parental consent.

In New York, the State Department of Education published a “legal update and best practice” document for how schools should serve “transgender and gender expansive” students. As Max Eden, a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, explains, “The key takeaway: if your child decides that he or she wants to socially transition to the opposite gender, it is now a ‘best practice’ for the school to lie to you about it.”

On a national level, the Biden Administration’s Department of Education will soon decide on its proposal to change the historic interpretation of Title IX of the Civil Rights Act to accommodate those who “identify” as the opposite sex. If enacted, the rule will permit boys and men who maintain that they possess a gender that differs from their hormones and body parts to compete on girls’ and women’s teams and also use women’s bathrooms and locker rooms. 

If all the above were not bad enough, the Southern Poverty Law Center has determined that Moms for Liberty, a parent activist group, belongs with neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan as an. “extremist group” that is “anti-government.” 

As Moms for Liberty founders Tiffany Justice and Tina Descovich, explain, “Because we have fought name-calling and attempts to marginalize us for so long, this wasn’t alarming to us. But every parent should pay attention to this smear and what it means for parental rights. Apparently the SPLC finds it threatening that parents are speaking up about things their kids are learning in school.” 

And indeed, some parents are starting to take action. On June 2, Saticoy Elementary School in Los Angeles saw over 100 people turn out to protest a Pride Month assembly, many of whom sported t-shirts that read “leave our kids alone.

In L.A.-adjacent Glendale on June 6, Pride adversaries showed up as the school board was set to vote on a resolution recognizing June as Pride Month and committing to what the board calls a “safe, inclusive, and nurturing environment” for all students. (The resolution ultimately passed.)

If things are going to change, parents must be leaders in the fight against celebrating Pride Month and the rest of the agenda that is perverting youngsters. Do you want your kid’s school celebrating the “Queen of Drag?” Or are you in favor of your child’s teacher telling them they can pick their own gender? Maybe you don’t think that The Infinite Moment of Us, which features the line,His cock strained against his jeans” should be in your child’s school library. Perhaps you would prefer your school acknowledge Flag Day or D-Day in June and omit Pride Month.

Clearly, our institutions are failing us. If your local school board and/or state doesn’t comport with your worldview, please send your young one to a private school, or, better, home school. Your child’s future and the future of the country, in fact, rests on your shoulders.


Editor’s Note: A version of this article appears at For Kids & Country

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About Larry Sand

Larry Sand, a former classroom teacher, is the president of the non-profit California Teachers Empowerment Network—a nonpartisan, non-political group dedicated to providing teachers and the general public with reliable and balanced information about professional affiliations and positions on educational issues. The views presented here are strictly his own.

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