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The Minnesota Child Protection League, an anti-LGBTQ group, spent the spring bringing an anti-transgender speech to communities that were considering gender-inclusive school policies. They’ve made a video of that presentation and as of Thursday are offering it on their website for free as a “back to school” special.

In the presentation video, called “Gender Fluidity and Other Fables: Understanding the Harm of the Transgender Movement,” longtime anti-LGBTQ activist Barb Anderson attempts to convince viewers that supporters of LGBTQ rights — and in particular supporters of transgender equity — are either mentally ill or are intentionally trying to harm children. She attempts to use the book Alice in Wonderland as a metaphor for transgender equity calling the movement a “house of cards” and invoking the Cheshire Cat, Humpty Dumpty, and the Queen of Hearts.

Anderson has a long history of demonizing the LGBTQ community beginning with her activism in the Anoka-Hennepin School District in the early 1990s. She become a researcher for the Minnesota Family Council, a group that was founded to support laws criminalizing LGBTQ people. She then founded the Parents Action League, a group the Southern Poverty Law Center labeled a hate group. In 2014, she helped to found the Minnesota Child Protection League and has become on of its primary spokespeople.

Anderson’s statements in the video include:

“Let’s take a closer look at how the transgender movement is normalizing a psychological disorder that is becoming educational policy at many schools across the country. The transgender movement is distorting language, reconstructing sexuality, and harming children.”

“Today the expression ‘boys will be boys’ has now become ‘boys will be girls.’ Yes, we have arrived at the letter ‘T’ for transgender in the LGBT coalition. First, we started confusing children by making them wonder whether they were heterosexual or homosexual, now we are confusing them by having them question their very God-given biological nature, male or female.”

“The corrupting of the minds of our children by normalizing transgenderism beginning in kindergarten is taking place in school districts all around Minnesota and all across the country. And most parents are not aware of it.”

“What children learn about transgenderism in the classroom especially at a young age makes an impression upon their young minds. This is why this kind of teaching is so dangerous. Here is another quote that shows the urgency for them to get to the young children. ‘Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.’ Who said that? Lenin.”

“Although they are currently teaching gender Gumby and the Genderbread Person models to adults as though they are scientific facts, I think you can see that their intentional use of well-known toys and storybook characters reveals who they are really targeting: our kids. Your children will pay a high price for the seeds of sexual confusion that are being sown in their minds when they learn about gender identity from a transgender-trained gender radical teacher. Today many sexually confused kids who are deceived by the false Genderbread Person model are being devoured by the lies of the gender radicals.”

The presentation is similar to one that MNCPL’s Julie Quist gave on a western Minnesota radio station in April. The Column fact-checked that interview in “Child Protection League’s Julie Quist doesn’t have even a basic understanding of LGBTQ people.”

The presentation by Barb Anderson was shown in Spicer and Glencoe in Greater Minnesota in April, and Roseville just north of St. Paul in May.

Here are some excerpts from MNCPL’s video:

Here is MNCPL’s email announcing the free DVD:

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Andy Birkey

Andy Birkey has written for a number of Minnesota and national publications. He founded Eleventh Avenue South which ran from 2002-2011, wrote for the Minnesota Independent from 2006-2011, the American Independent from 2010-2013. His writing has appeared in The Advocate, The Star Tribune, The Huffington Post, Salon, Cagle News Service, Twin Cities Daily Planet, TheUptake, Vita.mn and much more. His writing on LGBT issues, the religious right and social justice has won awards including Best Beat Reporting by the Online News Association, Best Series by the Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and an honorable mention by the Sex-Positive Journalism awards.

4 COMMENTS

  1. “…. ‘Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.’ Who said that? Lennon.”

    I did not know that the Beatles were actively involved in this sort of activity.

    But joking aside, I can’t make up my mind whether the author of this article intends us to take it seriously or if he’s just attempting to satirize the anti-LGBT DVD that he’s discussing by quoting directly from it. If the latter he’s not doing a very good job because, mixing metaphors, he seems to have been writing with a perfectly straight face. Pretty tough to do when you’re writing about something as silly as the content of the DVD.

  2. Barb Anderson’s anti-LGBT activism goes back further than the 1992 Anoka-Hennepin sex ed no promo homo directive. She campaigned against the state’s Human Rights Act as well.

  3. Sam – The author of this piece is me, and I’m not intending to satirize anything. Sometimes the best way to demonstrate how absurd a person’s or organization’s position is is to simply show that position to readers and let them decide. In this case the absurdity speaks for itself. No editorializing needed.

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