The May 2021 Bugbee Elementary School (West Hartford, CT) Newsletter contained an ad encouraging parents and students to attend a virtual training event entitled, “Gender 101 - A virtual training for parents on gender, sexuality and how to talk to your children about it.” I have attached a copy of the ad. I participated in the event facilitated by the New Haven Pride Center (https://www.newhavenpridecenter.org/). The instructor from the New Haven Pride Center was Eliot Olson, the Transgender, Nonbinary, and Intersex Program Officer at New Haven Pride Center. Their website contains his biography. It states, in part, that he “creates trans, nonbinary, and intersex advocacy programming.” (https://www.newhavenpridecenter.org/about-us/staff/).
In the virtual training session, Mr. Olson made several inflammatory statements regarding gender. For example, he stated that “gender is malleable” and “sex is assigned but ultimately is determined by the individual.” Furthermore, Mr. Olson included PowerPoint slides that encouraged the use of gender pronouns in place of a person’s name. In addition, his presentation included examples of “Pride Flags” that included flags for Asexual, Gay Men, Intersex, Lesbian, Nonbinary, and Transgender groups among others. The New Haven Pride Center conducted a follow-up virtual training session promoted by Bugbee Elementary on June 7, 2021.
The webinar advertisement and slideshow from the referenced webinar are attached.
Submitted: Jun 18, 2021