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NYC Introduces Trans, Racism Books for First Graders

The stories contain explicit messages about gender transition, self-perception and racism

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The New York City Department of Education recommended 7 stories aimed at first graders and kindergartners on transgender and other left-wing topics; readings that put the city’s parents on alert to the state’s influence on their children’s education.

A Fox News report revealed the existence of at least seven texts with explicit content about gender transition for very young children. These are children’s stories registered on the TeachingBooks website that can only be accessed through the DOE’s official login for students and teachers.

Brooklyn parent leader Vito Labella told Fox News that he frequently receives calls from parents concerned about the Critical Race Theory-derived and transgender curricula being taught to their young children.

Critical Race Theory and transgenderism in 7 children’s books

“I’m Not a Girl: A Transgender Story”

This is a story recommended by the NYC Dept of Education for first graders, which discusses the journey of a girl who longs to become a boy.

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According to TeachingBooks, the portal that keeps track of these texts, “I’m Not a Girl,” is based “on a true transgender identity journey.”

“No one seems to hear me,” says the child. “I am a boy, no one seems to believe me though,” the text reads.

At one point in the book, the girl is asked to put on her jacket (which is pink) while outside in snowy weather and declares, “I’d rather be cold and wet than not be me.”

“I know girls are really cool, I’m just not one,” the text continues.

“Love is Love”

“Love is Love” is another story recommended for first graders and talks about same-sex love:

“I know lots of gay people. My teacher Mrs. Adams is gay. Police Chief Carter is gay[,] … Mayor Sanchez is gay. There are even lots of famous gay people. Singers and scientists and artists and athletes. My friend thinks we might have a gay president someday,” the book states.

“When Aidan Became a Brother”

Another text recommended for second graders is titled: “When Aidan Became a Brother;” it is a book that explores the journey of a girl named Aidan who wanted to change her name and gender.

Aidan’s mother admits that she made a mistake in confusing her son’s gender and says, “When you were born, we didn’t know you were going to be our son. We made some mistakes, but you helped us fix them.”

Then, when Aidan’s mother became pregnant, someone asked her if the baby was a boy or a girl and she chose not to say the gender: “I’m having a baby,” she replied.

“Julian is a mermaid”

This book is a recommendation for kindergarten children; it was written by Jessica Love and describes a boy who wants to become a mermaid.

In the story, the boy strips down to his underwear and later paints his lips. He is then given costume jewelry before being taken to the New York mermaid parade, where he can express himself freely.

“This beautiful book is one of the very few picture books about a gender non-conforming child,” said a review of the text, posted on the author’s website.

“Our Skin: A First Conversation about Race”

This story is also recommended for kindergarten children and begins with an explanation of why conversations with young children about race, are important in combating prejudice.

“Young children notice … skin color, race, and even injustice and racism … [W]hen we don’t talk about [these things], children often come to their own conclusions, which can include bias and stereotypes because of the world we live in;” the text reads.

The book asks readers to identify what skin colors they see on the playground and asserts that the term “race” was invented by white people.

“A long time ago … a group of white people made up an idea called race,” the book said.”Racism … [is] all around us, even when we don’t notice it,” it adds.

“We Are Water Protectors”

The book, written by Carole Lindstrom and illustrated by Michaela Goade, is a kindergarten recommendation and was created in response to protests against the construction of the 1,172-mile-long subway pipeline. The protests began in 2016 and its activists opposed the pipeline’s subway network across the Missouri River just north of the Native American Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.

The book portrays a dark image of the pipeline, illustrating it as a large anaconda-like snake. “My people speak of a black snake that will destroy the land, spoil the water, poison plants and animals, wreck everything in its path.” “Now the black snake is here, its venom burns the land,” the book continues.

Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag

The book “Pride” is a second grade recommendation and looks at the struggle of gay rights activist Harvey Milk.

“He dreamed that one day, people would be able to live and love as they pleased,” the book said. “He became the first openly gay people to be elected to political office in the United States,” it adds.

“The vibrant illustrations throughout the book depict the now-widespread use of the rainbow flag, including an impressive spread of the White House sporting the rainbow colors.” It is intended for children ages 5 to 8, according to teachingbooks’ description.

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