Franklin Using Gender Unicorn To Teach Sixth Graders There Are Infinite Genders

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How many genders are there?

The Franklin Public School system is teaching sixth-graders that there’s no limit.

The school system is using the gender unicorn graphic created by Trans Student Educational Resources in its sex-ed curriculum for sixth graders, a public records request obtained by NewBostonPost reveals.

The gender unicorn is a graphic used in curriculums across the country that teaches that male and female aren’t the only genders. 

The graphic places each of the following four categories on three spectrums each:  gender identity, gender expression, physically attracted to, and emotionally attracted to. For gender identity, the categories are “female/woman/girl,” “male/man/boy,” and “other gender(s)”. 

Here is how the lesson explains gender identity:


One’s internal sense of being male, female, neither of these, both, or another gender(s). Everyone has a gender identity, including you. For transgender people, their sex assigned at birth and their own internal sense of gender identity are not the same. Female, woman, and girl and male, man, and boy are also not necessarily linked to each other but are just six common gender identities.


The lesson separates gender identity from gender expression. The lesson says that gender expression is “The physical manifestation of one’s gender identity through clothing, hairstyle, voice, body shape, etc.”.

It also has “physically attracted” to, as in sexual orientation, in one category, and “emotionally attracted to,” as in romantic/emotional orientation, in another category. Emotional attraction is “when you feel connected to someone’s mind, personality, and spirit,” according to

Both of those categories have “women,” “men,” and “other gender(s)” on a spectrum.

Massachusetts Family Institute communications director Mary Ellen Siegler told NewBostonPost in an email message that the school shouldn’t use the gender unicorn in its curriculum.

“The gender unicorn graphic teaches young impressionable students that sex and gender are on a spectrum,” she wrote. “Two ideas that conflict with science and many families’ deeply held beliefs. Franklin school officials should be concerned with teaching quality academics like reading, writing, and math and stop proselytizing students into a new radical sexual orthodoxy against parents’ wishes. Lessons like the gender unicorn confuse children, set them up for psychological and physical harm, and undermine parental rights. The gender unicorn and other lessons like it should be removed from MA public schools immediately.”

Although comparable to the genderbread person — which Mansfield Public Schools uses in its sex-ed curriculum — Trans Student Educational Resources’ web site notes that the gender unicorn differs from it in key ways.

Trans Student Educational Resources says it created the graphic “to more accurately portray the distinction between gender, sex assigned at birth, and sexuality.” It says that the genderbread person graphic does not recognize genders “outside of the western gender binary” and that not all transgender people exist on a “scale of womanhood and manhood.” Additionally, the organization doesn’t like the genderbread person graphic’s use of the term “anatomical sex.”

The genderbread person was made in 2011; the gender unicorn was made in 2015.

Franklin Public Schools superintendent Sara Ahern could not be reached for comment over the weekend or on Monday this week. Nor could Trans Student Educational Resources or Sam Killermann, the creator of the genderbread person graphic.

An image of the gender unicorn is available below:


The school district’s sex-ed curriculum is available by clicking the link below:

Franklin sex-ed curriculum


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