A radical sex education program that teaches gender is fluid and is secondary to biological sex is spreading across public schools in Canada.
Sexual Orientation and Gender Identification (SOGI), which began in British Columbia in 2016, is a curriculum that normalizes homosexuality and gender confusion.
SOGI’s website says the curriculum’s title is “an inclusive term that encompasses all individuals regardless of where they identify on the sexual orientation or gender identity spectrums, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, two-spirit, heterosexual, and cisgender.”
The program is based on the notion that its use in public schools reduces “discrimination, suicidal ideation and suicide attempts for all students.”
The suggestion of the fear of suicide is one of the primary reasons parents of the few children who are truly gender confused and those swept up in a cultural trend are urged by LGBT activists in schools to immediately rush to affirm their children’s claim to be a different gender. The fear also fuels the recommendation by LGBT “affirming” therapists that children claiming to be a gender that does not match their biological sex must be affirmed in their gender confusion and even allowed to begin taking puberty-suppressing drugs in order to begin “transition” to the opposite sex.
The SOGI curriculum notes 10 “key components” are necessary for the program to be effective in schools, including learning the “common language” used by LGBT activists; ensuring students have the right to “self-identification, which includes the name by which they wish to be addressed and the preferred pronouns that correspond to their gender identity”; “dress guidelines” to ensure students can dress in a manner that expresses whichever gender they prefer at any given time; and allowing all students to use whichever bathrooms and showers they believe corresponds with their preferred gender.
According to a report at the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), one teacher told her class of young children: “There are people who are boys, there are people who are girls, there are people whose gender might be a little bit of both or might even be neither.”
Young children read books that normalize transgenderism, including 10,000 Dresses, and sing The Rainbow Song, which includes the lyrics, “Gender won’t decide the choices we make. Some boys like dressing up; some girls like catching snakes.”
Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson, an author and inspirational speaker who opposes SOGI, told CBN that the program requires that even children in kindergarten should be encouraged to be whichever gender they want.
“And we are seeing the results of that now because some kids are reacting very emotionally and saying, and they’re in fear, will I suddenly struggle with feeling like a different gender inside of my body?” she said.
Similarly, Kari Simpson of Culture Guard – which also opposes the program – calls SOGI child abuse.
“So all those beautiful qualities that make young girls beautiful girls and women are being basically vilified, the things that make our boys, boys, are being taken from them, so equating young men to be strong protectors, is something that’s now evil,” Simpson said.
Transgender individual Morgane Oger, however, argues SOGI is focused on acceptance and not indoctrination:
The idea is to teach kids that there are gay kids and there are trans kids and there are trans parents and gay parents in our society and everybody is wanted and desired – after all, that’s what our Human Rights code says and it’s the role of schools to teach the following of our laws, right?
When asked about parental rights to opt children out of classes and programs that promote SOGI, Oger said, “Actually, in Canada the parent’s rights are limited and children’s rights are put ahead, so the child has the right to be protected from the parents when the parents behave badly.”
SOGI notes on its website that, in British Columbia, its educator network “has grown from 9 to 49 districts” in one year.
Vancouver area pastor Kevin Cavanaugh is joining with Tyler Thompson and Simpson to warn Christian parents on social media about SOGI, hoping the effort will lead to a resurrection of the Christian community in Canada.
“Here’s the concern,” Cavanaugh said. “You take this a few more generations, a few more seasons, a few more years, and the question of whether or not Christian parents are fitting or fit to actually raise their children, that – if we don’t battle this back, that is going to come onto the plate, right?”
“We’re beginning to meet with pastors and we’re seeing tears in their eyes – and the church is beginning to prepare for what it takes to fight for our kids,” Tyler Thompson said.
A new study released by the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) – in a state that is the first in the U.S. to adopt the LGBT rights agenda as part of a new history and social studies curriculum for children as young as the second grade – finds that gender “nonconforming” young people in California were more than twice as likely to have psychological problems than those comfortable with their biological sex.
According to the study, 17 percent of “gender nonconforming” respondents reported severe psychological distress, versus 7 percent of “gender conforming” youth.
While the pro-LGBT UCLA study’s authors point to lack of acceptance of a young person’s chosen gender identity and victimization by family and others as primary causes of the psychological problems experienced by “gender nonconforming” young people, the American College of Pediatricians has asserted that children and adolescents who are uncomfortable with their biological sex suffer from gender dysphoria, as defined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-V):
A person’s belief that he or she is something they are not is, at best, a sign of confused thinking. When an otherwise healthy biological boy believes he is a girl, or an otherwise healthy biological girl believes she is a boy, an objective psychological problem exists that lies in the mind, not the body, and it should be treated as such. These children suffer from gender dysphoria. Gender dysphoria (GD), formerly listed as Gender Identity Disorder (GID), is a recognized mental disorder in the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association (DSM-V)…
Additionally, Researchers Paul Hruz, Lawrence Mayer, and Paul McHugh address the problem of “gender-affirming” therapy in a paper titled “Growing Pains,” published at The New Atlantis.
The authors write:
Gender-affirming models of treatment are sometimes applied even to very young children. Often, the gender-affirming approach is followed in later youth and adulthood by hormonal and surgical interventions intended to make patients’ appearances align more closely with their gender identity than their biological sex. In order to improve the success of the physical changes, interventions at younger ages are increasingly being recommended.
The authors warn of decisions made to help “affirm” a gender-confused child’s perceived identity, without any connection to scientific fact or research.
“Though there is little systematically collected data on the number of young people (or even the number of adults) who identify as transgender or who have undergone sex-reassignment surgery, there is some evidence that the number of people receiving medical and psychotherapeutic care for gender identity issues is on the rise,” the authors conclude.