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State GOP says parents should pull kids out of public schools because they’ll trans kids

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The Colorado Republican Party has told all of its members to remove their children from public school or otherwise educators will turn their kids transgender.

“All Colorado parents should be aiming to remove their kids from public education,” read the email, written by Darcy Schoening, director of special initiatives for the Colorado GOP, KUSA reported. “If your child decides he identifies as a girl because he is angry with you, or all of his friends are doing it, the Colorado government will actively encourage his new fetish by allowing him to identify as ‘she,’ ‘they,’ or whatever nonsensical terms your son’s teachers and peers may dream up.”

Trans identities aren’t a “fetish” nor are they adapted because of peer or parental pressure (a concept called “social contagion” that has been debunked by studies).

Shoeing is also a former leader of the El Paso County, Colorado chapter of Moms for Liberty, a so-called “parents’ rights” group that has been labeled as an anti-LGBTQ+ extremist group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Nevertheless, Republicans nationwide have repeatedly claimed that schools are influencing students to become trans as part of the GOP’s ongoing war against public schools and trans-inclusive student policies.

The Colorado GOP opposes a new state law requiring schools to use trans children’s preferred names even without a legal name change. The state Republican Party said that two Democratic LGBTQ+ sponsors of the bill “do not know their own genders and do not have children.”

Republican attorneys general in 26 states have sued the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) over new Title IX guidelines that forbid discrimination against LGBTQ+ students. Schools that allow such discrimination risk legal repercussions, DOE investigations, and a loss of federal funding.

In 2022, Republican Colorado gubernatorial candidate Heidi Ganahl published a list of 30 schools that she accused of accommodating students “furries” who were allegedly “identifying as cats.” Many of the schools released statements contradicting her claim, and she went on to lose her election to gay Gov. Jared Polis (D) by over 17%.

Republican activists have encouraged parents to file lawsuits accusing public schools of violating their rights by teaching students LGBTQ+ issues and allowing LGBTQ+-inclusive policies. These lawsuits could eventually secure a U.S. Supreme Court victory that would redirect billions of taxpayer funds from public schools to religious homeschools and charter schools. Such schools are legally allowed to refuse any students for any reason without government penalties.

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