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Preferred pronouns and gender fluidity discussion banned at Texas school district

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On Monday, Dallas suburb Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District voted 4-3 in favor of banning the use of preferred pronouns, classroom discussions on sexual orientation, and transgender sports participation.

“Under the new rules, teachers will only have to refer to students by the pronouns that match their sex assigned at birth — regardless of what the child’s parent has requested” writes the New York Post.

The policy applies to 6th grade and below, banning discussion about sexual orientation and gender identity. Gender fluidity discussion is reportedly prohibited in all grades.

Additionally, the policy requires students to play on the same sports teams as their biological sex. “The policy on the agenda … that keeps girls competing against biological girls is very important to me,” a grandmother, who wasn’t named, told the Texas Tribune amid the vote.

“I want to make sure that my granddaughters can enjoy the fruits and labor of my generation by participating in fair competitive sports.”

The report noted early 200 people signed up to speak at the regularly scheduled Board of Trustees meeting; the event lasted for eight hours.

Some members of the community, such as Mike Sexton, were not pleased with the passed policy. “This is incredible — you’re acting like people don’t exist. There are thousands of people in this district that are LGBTQ, that live here, that are taxpayers” he said.

The New York post writes that the Texas school is not the first to take such actions. Grace Christian School in Valrico, about 20 miles outside Tampa, Florida “last week implemented similar gender pronoun rules but went a step further by saying gay and transgender students will be asked to leave.”

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Hispanic Democrats ban term ‘Latinx’ used ‘to appease white rich progressives’

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Lawmakers in Connecticut which are both Hispanic and Democrats, have proposed a new state law to ban the term “Latinx” from all government documents. The term is deemed offensive by the lawmakers who want to end the practice.

“I’m of Puerto Rican descent and I find it offensive,” Democratic state representative Geraldo Reyes told the Associated Press.

“The Spanish language, which is centuries old, defaults to Latino for everybody,” Reyes added. “It’s all-inclusive. They didn’t need to create a word, it already exists.”

Reyes is the bill’s chief sponsor, and was joined by four other Hispanic Democrats who are also members of then Black and Puerto Rican Caucus in the Connecticut Legislature.

The Connecticut lawmakers are not alone in their sentiment. In 2021, Democratic Representative Ruben Gallego of Arizona tweeted “When Latino politicos use the term it is largely to appease white rich progressives who think that is the term we use.” Gallego added that his office was not allowed to use the term in any official communications.  

National Review reports:

The same year, the League of United Latin American Citizens, the oldest community organization in the United States, declared it would no longer use Latinx. The term has also been rejected by Real Academia Española, a governing body that oversees the Spanish language.

While the term has been enthusiastically adopted by progressive academics and far-left activists, polling reveals it has not gained traction within the broader Hispanic population.

“The word Latino is incredibly exclusionary, both for women and for non-gender conforming people,” Maia Gil’adi, a professor at Boston University, told the AP. “And the term Latinx is really useful because of the way it challenges those conceptions.”

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