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Meet the New School Role Models—Drag Queens, Exotic Dancers, and …
a Gay President?

October 3, 2016

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Sacramento, CA—October is LGBT History Month, and the Pacific Justice Institute is betting most parents have no idea it will be used to introduce drag queens, erotic dancers, Democratic Party operatives, and foreign politicians as role models to students. 
LGBT History Month features 31 individuals each year—one each day of the month—who are presented as icons of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender history.  Over the past several years, PJI has noted the dubious historical claims and distinctions held by many of these “icons.” One year, it was claimed "America the Beautiful" was written by a lesbian, even though she never identified as such during her lifetime.  Later, a transgender activist who had recently been released from prison after killing another person with a pair of scissors was upheld as a role model.
This year’s list of icons presents the usual spectrum of exotic dancers, political operatives, obscure athletes, and entertainers—with a few surprises.
Parents might be surprised to learn, for instance, that it is now being claimed America once had a gay President.  While historians would no doubt question the claim, students will be told that Abraham Lincoln’s predecessor, James Buchanan, is an icon of LGBT history because he never married and seemed unusually close to his vice president.  It is less clear whether students will be told that Buchanan's inaction in the days leading up to the Civil War is generally considered to be less than heroic.  More currently, students will be pointed to prominent world leaders like the prime minister of Luxembourg.   
In the beginning of LGBT History Month, students will be introduced to Josephine Baker, who gained renown for her erotic nude dances in Paris in the early 20th Century.  Later in the month, reverence will be shown for Lili Elbe, an early casualty of sex reassignment surgery. 
Brad Dacus, president of Pacific Justice Institute, commented, “Every year, the level of propaganda ratchets up with LGBT History Month, and this year is no exception.  Parents should be extra vigilant during October and realize their kids may be introduced to people at school they would not want as role models.  Teaching all students to have mutual respect, without harassment, is commendable.  However, using public schools to indoctrinate children with objectionable role models and half truths is an egregious breach of parental trust.”  
A number of political operatives will also be presented as icons this year—almost exclusively from the Democratic Party.  “This is what repressive regimes do—present their own party officials as heroes, with no critical analysis,” Dacus continued.  “We encourage concerned parents to check with all of their children’s teachers and school administrators to find out how LGBT History Month will be presented at the local level.”

It is not yet clear how many schools across the U.S. will be observing LGBT History Month this year.  In years past, large districts from Los Angeles Unified to the school systems in Philadelphia, Charlotte, and South Florida have joined in.  In many other schools, individual teachers and LGBT student clubs have promoted LGBT History Month on their own.
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