Illinois task force says prom kings and queens need to be eliminated

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A new task force out to change Illinois schools is showing its true intent: to erase all norms and traditions of gender, regardless of how the state’s parents want to raise their children.

A report titled Strengthening Inclusion in Illinois Schools recommends districts “amend their school board policies to strengthen protections for transgender, nonbinary and gender nonconforming students.”

The task force said school districts should eliminate or reframe any school tradition or gender-based activity that is not gender-neutral, including the tradition of crowning kings and queens of the senior prom, reports Todd Starnes.

The report recommends: “For example, replacing ‘prom king and queen’ with ‘prom royalty’ or by providing school awards to any set of two students instead of best male/female.”

The report follows a radical plan to redefine gender from preschool through 12th grade classrooms across the state. Boys who identify as girls could use the bathrooms and shower facilities of their choice.

“Facilities include, but are not limited to, locker rooms, restrooms, showering facilities, costume rooms/backstage areas, nurse’s office and athletic training rooms,” the report states.

The task force also recommended eliminating the use of gendered language:

“District staff should call students ‘students’ or ‘scholars’ instead of ‘boys and girls.’ This can make a notable difference to transgender, nonbinary and gender nonconforming students who may feel alienated by the gender binary.”

Also included in the 44-page report:

  • Transgender, nonbinary and gender nonconforming students shall be allowed use of restrooms, locker rooms, and changing facilities that correspond with their gender identity.
  • Adopt a gender-neutral dress code.
  • Districts must allow transgender, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming students to compete on athletic teams and participate in interscholastic activities consistent with their gender identity.
  • School libraries shall include accurate and up-to-date information on gender identity and diversity, as well as gender-affirming children’s books, young adult fiction, fiction, non-fiction and multimedia.
  • Do not divide physical education classes by gender.
  • Never teach “appropriate” gender behavior.
  • Eliminate the use of gendered language.
  • Forms requiring signatures should indicate “Parent/Guardian” rather than “Mother/Father.”

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