In 6 years, North Carolina saw a 9% jump in the number of teens who identify as gay or bisexual, putting the percentage of LGB North Carolina public high school students 145% higher than the national average. That rate is predicted to go higher with new Healthful Living standards on the way.
by: Sloan Rachmuth
Schools have prevention programs dedicated to curtailing some of the most serious problems youth face: drug use, anorexia, and teen suicide. These disorders are all social contagions - they spread from person to person through social networks.
Makes sense. Children's attitudes and beliefs are more likely to change when their teachers explain the negative effects of these phenomena. They are also more likely to avoid engaging in risky behavior when their teachers inform them of these phenomena' negative effects.
Transgenderism, or gender dysphoria, is also a social contagion prevalent in the youth community. A recent survey found that 1.4% of 13 - 17 year olds in the US identify as transgender. Only .05% of adults do. That same study found that the highest rate of youth transgenderism occurs in blue states. A more even distribution of gender dysphoria across all age groups and geographic areas would likely be seen if it were an organically occurring condition. Moreover, as society's acceptance of gender dysphoria has grown, we would expect an increase in adult-onset transgenderism, but that hasn't happened.
And just like suicide and drug use, those diagnosed with gender dysphoria also have co-occurring conditions like depression or bipolar. One study showed that 56%of adults experiencing gender dysphoria had experienced at least four traumatic events in childhood.
In other words, gender dysphoria presents as a symptom of serious underlying mental illness, rather than a personal identity. It is because gender dysphoria (transgenderism) is accompanied by other serious psychiatric conditions that make it so dangerous for teens.
But instead of educating children about the dangers of gender dysphoria or avoiding promoting radical gender ideology alltogether, North Carolina public schools have policies and programs that fan the flames.
This began in 2013 when former Governor Pat McCrory established the North Carolina Center for Safer Schools, which is situated inside the Department of Public Instruction. Ellen Essick, a self-identified LGBTQ activist who help’s oversee the center's programming, used the state's 2009 anti-bullying law, which mentions "gender," to push the promotion of homosexuality and transgenderism to children. Essick trains teachers and school administrators around the state that if they don’t promote transgenderism, they will be responsible for youth suicide.
Since Essick and others in her department have been in charge, we’ve seen schools enact secret transgender care programs that assign a “support adult” to students interested in changing their gender behind the backs of parents. There has also been an explosion of schools bringing Gay-straight alliance clubs onto campuses. The clubs have also been grooming children behind the backs of parents.
The results? According to the results of the bi-anual Youth Risk surveys conducted in North Carolina’s high schools:
In 2013, 5% of NC high schoolers identified as gay or bisexual.
In 2015, 10% of NC high schoolers identified as gay or bisexual.
In 2017, 13% of NC high schoolers identified as gay or bisexual.
In 2019, 14% of NC high schoolers identified as gay or bisexual.
* The surveys do not ask about Transgender status.
Consider this: 5.7% of adults in the US identify as gay or bisexual, and 6% of adults living in San Francisco do. This state has seen a staggering increase in teens in public schools identifying as gay or bisexual that is 145% higher than the national average for adults.
New York, a very liberal state, saw a 1% increase in teens identifying as gay or bisexual between 2015 and 2019. North Carolina saw a 9% jump in just 6 years. High school students in New York were exposed to the same agents of social contagions, like LGBTQ-focused tv shows, peer groups and social media as their peers in North Carolina. Why? Could North Carolina public school’s hyper focus on “Queer theory” be the cause?
In 2021, the state began introducing Social Emotional Learning (SEL) with a prime focus on “queer theory” into all 12 academic standards. Again, we are being told (without evidence) that if we don't use this programming in schools, children will kill themselves.
Ellen Essick is coordinating the creation of new Healthful Living standards this summer, which will include the state's Sex Ed requirements. Since Essick's department has promoted transgenderism in North Carolina schools, resulting in an abnormally high number of students who identify as gay or bisexual, it makes sense for the General Assembly to intervene and oversee the creation of these new standards.