A California school district has ordered a health textbook for high schoolers that claims there are 10 sexual orientations and eight gender identities, Fox News reported.
What are the details?
Newport-Mesa Unified School District ordered the "Comprehensive Health Skills for High School" textbook, which claims there are 10 sexual orientations — including androsexual, polysexual, skoliosexual, demisexual, and gynesexual, the cable network said.
In addition, the textbook also says there are eight gender identities — including androgynous, bigender, gender-nonconforming, gender questioning, and nonbinary, Fox News added.
What did the school district have to say?
When the cable network reached out to the Newport-Mesa for comment, officials replied that "we follow the state-adopted standards for health education, which includes sexual health. We use a state-approved health curriculum with select modules, taught by credentialed teachers."
Fox News said the district added that "parents can opt out their child from participating in comprehensive sex education. Parents also have the ability to review all curriculum taught in our schools so that they can be well-informed and make the best decisions for their child. We understand that there are varying viewpoints and beliefs and we follow California State Standards for curriculum, while also supporting parent choice."
What did a mother in the district have to say?
Alicia Beget, a mother in the district, told the cable network that officials there "are sexualizing our kids and normalizing sexual behavior [at a young age]."
Beget added to Fox News that students are being placed "in a situation where they think that this is safe, that this is healthy, this is how we show love. And so they are being exploited by very evil people."
"This is part of a larger agenda that those at the very top are well aware of what they're doing," Beget also told the cable network.
Newport-Mesa was in the news earlier this month over a "Genderbread Identity" infographic in its sex education curriculum created to facilitate gender conversations with middle and high school students.
The "Genderbread Identity" infographic is part of the "Teen Talk" sex-ed curriculum, which is taught to thousands of students throughout California, Fox News said in a separate story.
A video included with the Teen Talk program reportedly follows two transitioning teenagers who discuss "what it is like to be trans in high school."