Banning classroom talks about gender identity, sexual orientation aren't helpful to kids or adults

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Roberto Abreu, assistant professor in the psychology department at the University of Florida, discusses Florida's 'Parental Rights in Education' bill and its banning discussions of sexual orientation or gender identity in classrooms with young children

, passed by the state’s House and Senate, prohibits any discussion of sexual orientation or gender identity in primary grade classrooms. Supporters say the bill will allow parents more participation and control around the discussion of topics they deem “sensitive” or “inappropriate” for young children; opponents, who have dubbed the legislation the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, find this reasoning both illogical and hypocritical.

Abreu, who holds a doctorate in counseling psychology and looks at parent-child relationships of parents of color and their LGBTQ children, took some time to discuss this legislation, how to have these conversations with young children in ways that are appropriate for their age and level of development, and what adults can do to overcome the homophobia and transphobia these bans are rooted in.

The first thing I do, is I affirm or dispel any myths the child might have heard. In this specific example, I affirm that ‘Yeah, you are correct. Most of your friends don’t have two dads. Your dads are gay, meaning that we are attracted, we are in love, we like to form relationships and families with two men. Your friends’ parents might be heterosexual, or maybe they’re bisexual, but they have a mom and a dad.’ You’re putting the context into words that the child is using themselves.

Also, society is contradictory. Sex is everywhere: on TV, in the movies, in advertising; but let’s not talk about it with our kids? There is a real dichotomy there. We are OK with lots of displays of sexuality, but not this? Kids need information about sex, and they need it from educators and parents. The problem is most parents are not equipped to talk about it, or simply do not know how. Also, for some kids, school may be the only place where they are accepted.

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It's pathetic and very troubling that MSM continues to portray this topic in a very biased and inaccurate way. There is absolutely NO reason for sexuality/gender to be discussed/taught to 5-8 year olds! None! Yet another reason to ditch MSM liberal rags like SDUT and LAT!

Yes, because telling Kinders about trans or bisexuals is high up on the list, like learning to read or doing simple math. This used to be called grooming, now it’s called “tolerant.” No reason for small children to know about this, at all.

Have this conversation, please...

If the classroom talks are 'gender identity is a quack theory that has no basis in biology, science, or reality and those who are trying to convince you otherwise have ignoble intentions' then they would certainly be helpful for kids and adults.

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