Gender Studies Protesters Clash Outside Glendale School District Meeting

As parties got into fights outside a Glendale school district meeting where administrators debated recognizing Pride Month and the public discussed gender and s@xual identity studies, the protests turned violent.

The day’s demonstrations outside the Glendale Unified School District building were mainly peaceful. But after 6 o’clock, there were fights between the 200 protesters and counter-demonstrators. According to school administrators, many demonstrators did not have children enrolled in the system.

About 50 officers from the city’s police force were sent to the conference to avoid fights between the factions. Officers threatened to use less-than-lethal power to remove the crowd after multiple altercations and issued a dispersal order to the demonstrators.

When efforts to defuse the situation failed, police had to make at least three arrests. They are accused of obstruction and pepper spray use.

As people argued about LGBTQ+ issues during public comment, tensions erupted within the building. Curriculum related to gender and s@xual identity was not on the meeting’s agenda. A statement of support for Pride Month was the sole item on the schedule that dealt with the LGBTQ+ community. For the past five years, the district has approved this proclamation.

According to a statement from the district, “Glendale Unified is committed to providing a safe, inclusive environment where every child can learn and thrive.” As is well known, children perform better when their parents are involved in their education. We view parents as partners in our work and urge all parents and other caregivers to be curious about and engaged in what is happening in our school community.

For the sake of all students, let’s continue to collaborate, commit to having challenging conversations, pose inquiries, and uphold a respectful discourse.

As communities press school boards to restrict talks of s@xual orientation, the fight over LGBTQ+ education has been a raging controversy in the United States. Gov. Gavin Newsom of California was made aware of the decision to forbid a book last week after a school board president accused the murdered campaigner of being a pedophile. Milk was a pioneer in the homos@xual rights movement.

The same protesters that clashed outside GUSD’s administrative building last week rallied outside a North Hollywood elementary school. With a few altercations in the afternoon, the event unfolded similarly to Tuesday’s protest, with protesters remaining largely peaceful.

LGBTQ+ events began last weekend in West Hollywood to mark the beginning of Pride Month in June.

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