The Department of Education used taxpayer dollars to fund a webinar supportive of transgender and nonbinary students that also disputed common biological knowledge.
The Washington Free Beacon reported that the webinar featured remarks from a Denver public school teacher named Sam Long. Long is a transgender person and teaches biology at Denver South High School.
Long said that it is up to teachers to “clean up” language about gender, such as how people often say that “women produce eggs” and “males are more likely to be colorblind.” The Free Beacon noted that Long claimed, “It’s not women that produce eggs: It’s ovaries that produce eggs.” Long added, “We’re teaching students that language matters. We’re not just talking about imaginary people and living things.”
Contrary to Long’s beliefs, women are the sole gender or sex which produce eggs and men’s X and Y chromosomes make it more likely that they are colorblind when compared to women’s two X chromosomes.
Long promoted his website, www.genderinclusivebiology.com, during his remarks. The website offers language guides and lesson plans for teachers who claim to be nonbinary. Long’s website, according to the Free Beacon, was featured last year in the Department of Education’s Best Practices Clearinghouse and the clearinghouse was launched early into Biden’s presidency to push “a distinct focus on expanding equity.”
The webinar, held in April, was cohosted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which agency has struggled to regain public trust over its mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic. The webinar’s primary host was the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environment, which center is funded by the Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Supportive Schools.