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AUSTIN, Texas (ChurchMilitant.com) - (warning: graphic content) A Texas school board has voted to implement a sex education curriculum that will teach children various sex acts, including anal sex.
The Austin Independent School District (AISD) Board of Trustees voted October 28 for a "sex education" program which exposes 3rd–8th grade children to content that a number of parents are objecting to as inappropriate and harmful.
Protesters gathered to "Stand Up for Children" at the meeting, gathering to address the crowd, but were interrupted by pro-curriculum advocates, including a black transgender who screamed in front of the podium, harrassing the crowd.
Other protestors used loudspeakers and instruments to drown out the speakers, one waving a rainbow flag and another wearing a shirt saying, "I MET GOD. THEY'RE QUEER Y'ALL."
As many as 126 citizens came to the board meeting to voice their concerns. But the Board of Trustees was undeterred, and at the end of the meeting, which ran over five hours, the school board voted unanimously to pass the curriculum — to the applause of LGBT advocates.
AISD was forced to retract its prior sex education proposal during the summer, when the 86th Texas Legislative Session made it illegal for government entities to contract out to abortion providers for sex education curricula. To work around the law, AISD modeled its program after a Canadian pro-abortion/LGBT organization. The final product was created by AISD staff and not medical or scientific professionals outside of the school district, as critics noted.
Sarah Wheat, chief external affairs officer for Planned Parenthood in Texas, voiced her support for the curriculum: "On behalf of Planned Parenthood and our review of these lessons, they are LGBTQ inclusive and comprehensive and we support all your efforts in leadership tonight."
Jonathan Saenz, president of Texas Values and a licensed attorney, pledged to seek legal recourse against the school district should AISD vote to approve the curriculum.
Near the end of the meeting, concerned citizen Michelle Faviola asked, "Have y'all been to a gay pride parade? They are disgusting. People walking in the streets almost naked. What's next? Are y'all going to bring that into the schools next?"
Trustee LaTisha Anderson interrupted Faviola to call a point of order: "We said at the beginning, 'a culture of respect.' We don't have to be disrespectful."
Faviola continued asking rhetorically if the Board saw the drag queen performance happening outside the meeting hall and if they were going to bring that into the schools. She asked what safeguarding mechanisms the school board would put in place to prevent teachers who instruct students on sensitive topics, to prevent the danger it poses for grooming students for sex with their teacher.
Anderson cut Faviola off again, denying her the ability to continue by talking through the full minute allotted to her.
The Board of Trustees did not address Faviola's concerns, failing to mention that drag queen, J Wren Pennington, had already performed on school property with children.
Pennington has prior convictions for prostitution.
Numerous citizens also argued that AISD should invest in ways to improve the children's academic scores rather than spending taxpayer money on the controversial sex education program.
According to its website, Austin placed in the 80% range for reading and math, and 88% across the academic board.
The academic distinctions show that a failing grade of 68% does not meet an academic achievement level for reading, but it does qualify a student for post-secondary readiness.
Another concerned citizen, Gary Moore, observed that the program is a "dream scenario for pedophiles" as it encourages children to roleplay sexual activities for an academic grade at the discretion of their educator.
Susan, an advocate for the curriculum, apologized to the LGBTQs in the room who may have found language used by those opposed to the program "offensive." Susan made the implication that students expressing the same viewpoint would be sent to the principal's office for bullying.
Jennifer Fleck used her minute to read the school's curriculum taught to 11-year-olds (explicit content warning):
How to put on and take off a male condom. Carefully open and remove condom from wrapper. Place condom on the head of the erect, hard penis. If uncircumcised, pull back the foreskin first. Pinch air out of the tip of the condom. Unroll condom all the way down the penis. After sex, before pulling out, hold the condom at the base, then pull out while holding the condom in place. That is accompanied by a picture of a male and a female straddlling each other. For eleven year olds!
Many more individuals offered statements, both for and against. James Wesolek, communication associate for Texas Values, did not have the tally of numbers out of the 126 who signed up to speak, but noted the majority opposed the sex education program, and provided a media statement following the Board's decision.
The Board of Trustees' reasoning leading to its decision to vote in favor of graphic sex education, despite overwhelming opposition and legal ramifications, can be summed up by the statement issued by Trustee Arati Singh: "If there are any kids actually watching this I want to tell them directly that they, you have heard a lot of hate tonight in this room."
President of the Board, Geronimo Rodriguez, silenced the boos of those who objected to Singh's comments by telling objectors that counselors were on site if they need help.