Gender Unicorns: Coming Soon to a Classroom Near You

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What is an X-rated, gay sex columnist doing in a California elementary school? Ask the San Ramon Valley Unified School District. In a stunning move, officials at the Rancho Romero Elementary School made a ‘gender unicorn’ bulletin board and peppered it with quotes from disgusting and disgraced LGBTQ activist Dan Savage [see video below illustrating Savage’s evil commentary]. But if administrators thought no one would notice, they were wrong.

Parents flooded the school with complaints, so many Fox News’s Todd Starnes explained, that administrators had no choice but to take the offensive statements down. “For him to be a role model for 4-year-olds to 11-year-olds is utterly disgusting,” an anonymous parent told Todd Starnes Radio Show. Savage, whose “anti-bullying” videos were a favorite of President Obama’s and Hollywood, turned out to be the biggest bully of all. When he had a platform, Savage used it to humiliate students and curse faith. At one high school assembly, his tirade was so vicious and vulgar that it reduced some girls to tears.

Apart from being offensive, Savage’s message is also ineffective. Just last year, researchers like Professor Russell Toomey found that “Cognitive-based strategies, such as [Dan Savage’s] ‘It Gets Better’ approach, were associated with poorer adjustment and less likelihood of high school attainment.” In fact, he went on, “Our findings question the ‘It Gets Better’ narrative that’s been given to LGBT youth. Asking youth to accept negative experiences as the only coping strategy potentially exacerbates stress.”

Either way, as California parents told Todd, “He’s not someone you want to put up at an elementary school.” Of course, Savage and company aren’t always so blatant about their agenda. One of the subtle ways they’ve been getting their message in front of little kids is with their “gender unicorn,” one of the prominent features of Rancho Romero’s display. “A unicorn — an object loved by little children — was used to lure them to the bulletin board,” the parent said. “It felt like it was a creepy way to lure a child over to the board and confuse them about gender.” Fortunately, moms and dads in the district were paying attention.

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Maybe that’s because they feel more empowered to do something about it. President Trump certainly hasn’t been shy about calling the Left’s absurdity what it is. And that may also be reflected in the latest surveys. For the first time in the last few years, Americans are starting to voice their concerns about the saturation of the LGBT agenda in schools, the medical profession, and public.

The Harris Poll sent shockwaves through the radical Left this week when it found that Americans were actually more uncomfortable with the in-your-face behavior of people who identify as gay or transgender than before. In other words, the acceptance for that agenda isn’t actually growing, they fear, but regressing in a post-Obergefell world. People who said they were “somewhat” uncomfortable or uncomfortable grew in the following situations:

  • Learning my child has a lesson on LGBTQ history in school (up to 37 percent from 34);
  • Finding out that my child has an LGBTQ teacher (up to 31 percent from 28 percent);
  • Learning a family member is LGBTQ (up to 30 percent from 27 percent);
  • Seeing a co-workers same-sex wedding picture (up to 27 percent from 25 percent);
  • Watching a same-sex couple hold hands (up to 31 percent from 29 percent).

Of course, the Left is pinning this setback on conservatives’ growing intolerance. But it could also be that administration’s like Donald Trump are giving Americans the courage to talk openly about their feelings and values again. Now that Christians don’t have to fear the same government punishment that they did under Barack Obama, fewer probably feel the need to repress or self-censor their beliefs. That doesn’t mean people are becoming more intolerant, but it may mean — finally — that America is move back toward being a culture that welcomes debate. If so, we may have the president to thank.

The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of Barb Wire.

Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law. (Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)

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