Wisconsin school told parents they must ‘earn’ the right to know their children’s sexual identity

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A school district in Eau Claire, Wisc. has made the news after leaked documents showed parents were told they must “earn” the right to know the sexual identity of their children.

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The school also pushed a “heterosexual privilege” checklist, according to FOX News.

Some parents and educators didn’t like the way the district pushed for “gender-nonconforming” accommodations.

“The actions of the Eau Claire Area School District are not only dangerous to the mental, emotional and physical health of its students, but they also violate the constitutional rights of parents to make choices about their family life and upbringing of their children,” he said. Ian Prior, senior adviser at America First Legal and creator of the Fight for Schools PAC, according to foxnews.

“Remember, parents are not entitled to know their children’ identities. That knowledge must be earned,” a training slideshow for the Eau Claire School District told school staff.

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The reasoning was because “Some transgender, non-binary, and/or gender-nonconforming students are not ‘open’ at home for reasons that may include safety concerns or lack of acceptance. School personnel should speak with the student first before discussing a student’s gender nonconformity or transgender status with the student’s parent/guardian.”

But some parents were unhappy.

“Parents in Eau Claire need to use every legal means to fight back, including requests for documents under the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Act, requests for access to curriculum and teacher training materials under the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment, and litigation to protect their constitutional rights,” Prior said.

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Eau Claire Area School District (ECASD) responded to a Fox News Digital request for comment, clarifying their motivations and future plans for the LGBTQ support programs.

“Data shows that students who identify as part of the LGBTQIA+ community experience mental health challenges and feel isolated at a much higher rate than their peers. For example, based on results from the most recent Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Youth Risk Behavior Survey of high school students, 87% of LGBTQIA+ students report mental health concerns and just 44% say they feel a sense of belonging. This is compared to 46% and 68%, respectively, for non-LGBTQIA+ students.”

There has also been opposition to the district’s “heterosexual privilege” checklist, which includes such assertions as “My sexual orientation was never associated with a closet,” “I can kiss a person of the opposite gender without being watched and stared at,” “ I’m not grouped because of my sexual orientation,” and “I can remain oblivious of the language and culture of LGBT folk without feeling in my culture any penalty for such oblivion.”

The checklist, obtained by Fox News Digital, went on to assert that these statements were evidence of a sexuality-based social privilege that should be acknowledged by students and staff.

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