California protesters brawl over school district’s Pride Month vote
A heated debate over the recognition of June as Pride month turned violent outside a school in Los Angeles, California on Tuesday, resulting in at least three arrests. The Glendale Unified School District had scheduled an official vote on the matter, prompting hundreds of people to gather in the school headquarters’ parking lot. Supporters and opponents of the measure began to clash, with some even resorting to physical altercations. Roughly 50 police officers were deployed to the scene to try and maintain order, according to reports.
The vote was ultimately approved, designating June as LGBTQ+ Pride month, but some parents argued that the district was attempting to introduce gender ideology into the school curriculum, which the district vehemently denied in an earlier statement. The district claimed that “intentional and harmful disinformation has been circulating about what is being taught,” but some parents disagreed.
This event highlights the ongoing tension between conservative groups and LGBTQ+ rights supporters regarding how to address issues surrounding the LGBTQ+ community, especially in schools. Stay tuned for updates on this developing story.
What is Pride month?
Pride month is a global celebration of the LGBTQ+ community that occurs every June. It commemorates the Stonewall riots of 1969, which are considered a turning point in the gay rights movement.
What was the vote about?
The Glendale Unified School District was scheduled to hold a vote on whether to officially recognize June as Pride month.
Why did the altercation occur?
The altercation occurred as supporters and opponents of the measure clashed, with some resorting to physical altercations.
What did the district say about introducing gender ideology into the school curriculum?
The district denied the claim, stating that “intentional and harmful disinformation has been circulating about what is being taught.”
Pride Month Vote in School District Sparks Brawls among California Protesters
A heated debate over whether June should be officially recognized as Pride month resulted in a brawl outside a school in Los Angeles, California, which led to the arrest of at least three people. As Glendale Unified School District was preparing to take an official vote on the matter, several rowdy protesters began to clash in the parking lot, resulting in punches being thrown. Their argument revolved around the global recognition and celebration of the LGBTQ+ community. Some protesters even adorned T-shirts that read, “Leave our kids alone.” The skirmish saw around 50 police officers deployed to the scene to maintain order. During the board meeting, there was no discussion on the school curriculum and it did not appear on the meeting agenda. However, the school board did approve a resolution designating June as LGBTQ+ Pride month. The district had previously released a statement acknowledging the spread of “intentional and harmful disinformation” and affirmed it followed state law and education policies. Nonetheless, some parents believed the school was introducing gender ideology to primary school children, which they opposed. One parent told KTLA 5, “Bringing in curriculum for K-6 on gender ideology, that is what we’re against.” Another protester told the outlet that the board meeting addressed school curriculum, declaring, “We were talking about children. They are not ready for such choices. It confuses them, and ultimately these are things that parents should decide.”