LGBTQ parents attacked outside Glendale, California school board meeting about June Pride month: Watch video
On June 6, during the Glendale Unified School District School Board’s evening meeting, a heated discussion over how gender identity should be taught to children and protected in schools arose.
More than 200 people gathered outside the GUSD headquarters at 5 o’clock. Police responded to the scene after fights broke out amid the meeting on Tuesday.
So far, at least one arrest has been made. Hundreds of protesters were observed being contained by large barricades Glendale Police had erected to manage crowds outside the Glendale Unified School District headquarters.
Police helicopters in large numbers flew overhead. Police declared an unlawful assembly, ordered everyone on staff back into the building, and dispersed the gathering in the parking lot. They were heard ordering the removal of the throng and citing an unlawful assembly when they issued a dispersal order over a loudspeaker. The two argumentative groups were divided by a sizable roadblock that was set up in the middle of the parking lot.
Protesters opposed to teaching kids about sexual identities in schools were on one side. LGBTQ+ activists were preaching inclusivity on the opposing side. The agenda for the school board included a resolution honoring Pride Month, but it did not include anything regarding curricular modifications or gender rules.
While diversity and various family kinds are included in courses in elementary school, GUSD children are not specifically taught anything about LGBTQ+ or gender identity. As mandated by the state under Senate Bill 48, GUSD secondary students are taught about the contributions of LGBTQ Americans as part of their social studies curriculum.
The meeting’s attendance was limited to 75 public speakers, who spoke for several hours and expressed their opinions on a variety of topics, including the district’s LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum, letting kids choose their own pronouns and transgender students’ access to restrooms and locker rooms.