A public middle school in New Jersey reportedly compelled kids to watch a film depicting a transgender man’s hormone treatment as part of a social studies class, without informing parents. The documentary film “Ten Years on Testosterone” follows LGBT activist Aydian Dowling’s journey with hormone injections. The Free Beacon reports, teachers and officials at Kinnelon, New Jersey’s Pearl R. Miller Middle School did not warn parents about the lecture, which featured slideshows with descriptions of various gender philosophies.
In the movie, Dowling, after injecting testosterone, says “You can build up the courage to stand up for yourself in a way that this is what you want to do with your life.” Dowling went on to speak at a school-wide assembly as part of the school’s “Stories Of Adversity & Resilience Program.” Parents were informed in advance of the assembly and given the choice to opt their children out. Parents then attended a school board meeting claiming that parents should have been notified about the hormone therapy video as well.
Loren Malfitano, whose two sons were shown the video, told the Washington Free Beacon, “I felt as if I was blindsided. They’re learning about this ideology of gender before they even have classes on the actual biologies of males and females.”
Concerned parents are battling public schools in New Jersey over radical gender and sexuality curricula. The dispute in New Jersey is one of many examples throughout the country. Notably, the state legislature of Florida recently enacted a measure prohibiting K-3 teachers from teaching about sexual orientation and gender identity.
New Jersey’s Democratic governor Phil Murphy is currently pushing for new health standards in the state, which would educate second-graders about anatomy, reproduction, and “gender expression.” Masturbation will be defined in fifth grade, as well as the differences between sexual orientation and gender identity. Gender expression, vaginal sex, oral sex, and anal sex will be discussed in eighth grade. The criteria were approved by the governor-appointed New Jersey Board of Education in 2020.
The news of the hormone therapy film being shown to middle school children was originally circulated by the Center for Garden State Families, a charity dedicated to combating progressive gender teachings in schools. School board member, and father of 6- and 2-year-old children, Josh Aikens, in neighboring Lafayette, N.J. has also fought back against radical sex education, arguing that parents nationally need to be involved in what their children are learning.