Elementary Education

By Cuinn Huber 

Recently, there has been an unprecedented attack on the LGBTQ+ community: conservative lawmakers and political figures are explicitly trying to push a false notion denoting the very mention of queerness around kids, instilling a sense of negativity and inappropriatness among such gender orientation. Recent laws, such as Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay Bill” are the epitome of this—by not even allowing the mention of the word, they are painting the topic as somehow taboo. Kids five and younger already know that boys love girls and vice versa. Because they already know this, there is no reason they can’t learn that boys can love boys and girls can love girls as well. It is also okay for them to learn that families look different. Again, since they already know some families consist of mom, dad, and children, they can also learn that some families consist of two moms or two dads as well. Kids are also exposed to gender “roles” and stereotypes from the moment they are born, they are typically dressed in boy or girl clothing and given boy or girl toys. Kids already know how society expects them to be, yet, they can also learn not everyone fits that mold, they can learn some people live their lives as men some as women, some choose not to identify as either and others may even decide to change their gender. Critics of kids learning about this say that kids are being “groomed” or “sexualized” by this and to that, I say there is a big difference between teaching about love and sex. Like I said earlier, kids already know about love and gender stereotypes so it is okay for them to learn that not all love or gender expression looks the same. To sum it up, queerness is no more taboo or inappropriate than being straight.