Hundreds of purple clad community members rallied around gender creative youth at a Minnesota Family Council event at Nova Classical Academy in St. Paul Tuesday evening.
The Family Council, the state’s largest group opposing LGBT equity, gave a presentation in the school gymnasium titled, “Title IX and Gender Identity,” which laid out the group’s case why the public charter school should not create a welcoming environment for transgender and gender creative students. Nova had considered steps to make the school more welcoming for a gender creative kindergarten student, but a handful of conservative parents protested and asked religious right groups to get involved. That involvement included the Family Council’s Tuesday night presentation (The group rented the school’s gymnasium and the school did not have any involvement in the event).
The Family Council forbade any audio or visual recording of the presentation, but The Column was able to obtain an audio recording from the event:
Gender inclusion supporters responded to the event with a silent protest and show of support for the family of the kindergarten student.
Hundreds of supporters showed up wearing purple and lined the entrance to the gymnasium to demonstrate that support to the presentation attendees.
The parents of the student tearfully addressed the crowd at the end of the event thanking them for the outpouring of support.