Outraged Parents’ Lawsuit Alleges Lessons About Gender Dysphoria Taught Children


Three Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania parents have filed a lawsuit alleging that a first-grade teacher lectured on gender dysphoria. Above, a pink and blue transgender symbol is pictured on a blackboard in this undated file photo.
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Three outraged parents in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania have filed a lawsuit alleging a first grade teacher lectured on gender dysphoria.

The federal lawsuit of Jefferson Elementary School parents Carmilla Tatel, Stacy Dunn and Gretchen Melton is arguing that their civil rights were violated when teacher Megan Williams’ lessons exposed their children to transgender issues, according to The Pittsburgh Post Gazette. A spokesperson for the Mt. Lebanon School District said Newsweek that the lawsuit was unfounded and said the parents were misrepresenting the events “for sensational effect”.

Williams, who has a transgender child, reportedly taught students about gender identity issues on March 31, International Transgender Day of Visibility. The lawsuit reportedly argued that Williams’ “unique perspectives and views” on transgender issues “did not entitle her to impose those views on a captive audience of six- and seven-year-olds.”

The lawsuit alleges that Williams used materials, including a video titled “Jacob’s New Dress” and transgender-themed books titled When Aiden became a brother and I present to you Teddy, according to the national office. The lawsuit also accuses the teacher of informing students that her child wore an “Elsa dress” on Halloween and telling them that sometimes “parents get it wrong” about gender.

Williams, the school district and school officials are accused of violating parents’ constitutional 14th Amendment due process rights and First Amendment religious rights, with the suit arguing that the parents “honestly hold beliefs religious and moral, including that human beings are created male or female and that the natural created order regarding human sexuality cannot be changed.”

Last year several experts said Newsweek that scientific evidence on sex and gender did not support a strictly binary view, with University of Manchester bioethics professor Simona Giordano stating that “we do not fully understand how sex develops, but it is clear that the Y and X do not mark the development of a person’s sex, at least not by themselves.”

Kristen James, director of communications for the Mt. Lebanon School District, said Newsweek that the lawsuit included “allegations that are false or based on partial truths that distort events for sensational effect” and that the district “looks forward to the opportunity to set the record straight” in court.

“While we will not comment further on ongoing litigation, we refer the community to our equity statement: ‘The Mount Lebanon School District is committed to providing a safe, inclusive, and welcoming school environment that recognizes and celebrates identities diverse from all members. of our school community, including students, their families, faculty and staff,” said James.

“All students, regardless of background, identity or ability, will be supported to reach their full potential and pursue their unique talents,” she added. “The district will provide resources fairly and equitably and remove barriers to allow students to thrive academically, socially and emotionally.”

Although transgender issues have recently been heavily focused on many on the political right, with GOP lawmakers in several states attempting to ban gender-affirming care for children and punish parents of transgender children, parents of Pittsburgh argued that the lawsuit was not “political.”

The lawsuit also allegedly contains complaints unrelated to transgender issues, including Williams not requiring students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance for the first 52 days of the school year and airing a cartoon on Saint’s Day. -Valentine’s Day which has not been pre-approved by all. the parents of the students.

Newsweek contacted Williams and the National Center for Transgender Equality for comment.


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