On June 5, 2014, Glenview Elementary School, located in Oakland, California, held a during-school assembly teaching children as young as 5 about “queer” history, LGBT Pride, and the meaning behind the rainbow flag.
The assembly started with the school’s Principal, Chelsea Toller, telling students that not everyone has one mommy and one daddy, or one grandpa and one grandma. Sometimes children have two mommies, or two daddies, or two grandmas, or two grandpas, and that is perfectly okay. She also compared an individual’s sexual preference to the color of a person’s skin.
“I am really, really excited about today. I’m excited that it’s June, Pride Month. And I am here to talk to you guys about [The Pride Flag],” said Carrie Kessler, an LGBT activist and parent of two students at Glenview.
Next students participated in singing songs celebrating homosexuality, accompanied by an all homosexual men’s choir.
“We are very, very honored today, to have special guests, who are going to come up and sing to all of us today. Please give a warm welcome to The Oakland-East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus,” stated Kessler as she introduced the group.
The choir was conducted by Stephanie Lynne Smith, a lesbian activist who has been affiliated with multiple LGBT organizations according to OEBGMC.org.
This was followed by Sherri, another mother at Glenview, who had all of the students read aloud the quote, “Who I am is what fulfills me and what fulfills the vision I have of a world,” by Audre Lorde.
Then she asked the students, “Does anyone have anyone have any idea of what she was trying to say?”
One student raised her hand and was called upon to give her interpretation before the entire group. “Who you are is perfectly fine and is inreplaceable,” declared the student. The crowd clapped.
“Fantastic!” said Sherri, “Anyone else have an idea what Audre Lorde was trying to say?”
“I think this means this who I am is like I am proud of who I am,” exclaimed another student.
“That’s right,” said Sherri, “And just to add to that, you know, love who you are. Be happy with who you are, even if it means you’re different from everyone else. It doesn’t really matter, because being who you are, being true to who you are, that’s what you are going to share with the world, and the world will appreciate that.”
She then presented a bookmark to each student with the quote from Audre Lorde, that also included the school’s mascot, The Glenview Griffin, “blowing out fire in the color of rainbows.”
“So hopefully you use this bookmark for all that fantastic reading you’re going to do over the summer and remember this momentous day that we have.”
They then played 3 homosexual propaganda videos. One featured little children along with Rosie O’Donnell, saying that having two parents of the same-sex is okay. The second and third videos featured children along with their homosexual parents saying that their lifestyles are perfectly normal.
The event ended with the Gay Men’s Choir who came up, once again, and sang Pharrell Williams’ song “Happy.”
The entire ceremony was uploaded to YouTube, but quickly taken down after receiving strong criticism by conservatives. Luckily, after receiving a tip from our contributor and WCNR radio host Jimmy Zulz, I was able to download and save the video before it was taken down.
Our video on YouTube was taken down by Howard Kong, the LGBT activist and member of Glenview Elementary’s After School Enrichment Program, who originally uploaded the video, and we have discussed this with our legal team, and the manner in which we are using this form of media is considered fair use, because it is for informative purposes.
Here you go: