FORT WORTH, Texas — A sixth grade health curriculum in Texas has drawn the ire of parents because they say they weren’t informed in advance that it included lessons on sexual orientation and gender identity, the Star Telegram, a regional paper, reports.
On April 26, about 30 parents and individuals met with educators at McLean 6th Grade, a nearby campus, to address concerns that the district didn’t present a detailed explanation of what is included in the health class before they allowed their children to participate, the Star Telegram reports.
“Children are being taught — at age 12 under the guise of abstinence — about same-sex attraction, gender identity and gender expression,” said Zeb Pent, spokesman for Stand for Fort Worth, a regional watchdog group for parents, according to the Star Telegram.
Parents and critics of the curriculum have complained that they were not allowed to review the textbook. Stand for Fort Worth has started an online petition that states: “Tell Fort Worth ISD To Stop Hiding Transgender Curriculum From Parents.” It has nearly 500 signatures as of mid-week.
Pent said the lesson oversteps on the religious values across several religions, including Muslim, Jewish and Christian.
“There is no such thing as gender expression,” Pent told the Star Telegram. “There’s male and there is female.”