The Bellingham School District in Washington awarded the Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA) club for winning the “Think BIG competition” for putting on a high school drag show for students ages 10-14.
According to local KTTH media, there were different proposals, including the creation of gardens and helping meet students’ transportation needs. However, the Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) Club came up with a controversial idea: a drag show.
Judges awarded up to $2,500 in funds to club leaders who came up with innovative ideas on how to use the funds. “In their application for the contest, WMS [Whatcom Middle School] GSA stated that, if they won any of the Foundation grant funds, they would use them to plan a drag show/student talent show and additional outreach activities to support students, such as posters or anti-bullying campaigns,” a Bellingham Public Schools spokesperson confirmed to the Jason Rantz Show on KTTH.
Drag event amid sexualization debate in schools
The situation comes at a time when there is a debate in American society on whether the education of children should include topics of gender and sexual identity. In March, El American detailed that more than 60% of Americans support Florida’s HB 1557, titled Parental Rights in Education, which addresses instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity.
In an interview with the Daily Wire, the Speaker of the Florida House, Chris Sprowls, said he was not surprised by the study’s findings and that it is common sense. “Only bigots think the classroom curriculum from kindergarten through third grade should include teaching young children about gender identity,” he said.
According to the survey, 69% of parents rated it “inappropriate” for teachers to instruct students in grades K-3 about sexual orientations. However, 21% said it is “appropriate.”
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis took a position in February in favor of HB 1557, which, according to El American, aims to prevent two things: the sexualization of children in elementary schools and school districts having a greater say than parents in the education of their children (students). The decision has been applauded by hundreds of citizens and criticized by progressive activists looking for ways to demonize the Republican governor’s proposal.