Arlington Public Schools Using ‘Gender Unicorn’ To Teach Fourth-Graders There Are Infinite Genders

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How many genders exist?

The Arlington Public School system is teaching fourth- and fifth-graders that there are infinite genders.

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

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

The graphic used by the school district places each gender identity and gender expression into three separate categories: “female/woman/girl,” “male/man/boy,” and “other gender(s)”. 

Here is how the gender unicorn’s web site 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 public records request obtained by NewBostonPost was originally filed by the Massachusetts Family Institute, a conservative organization that says it “is dedicated to strengthening the family and affirming the Judeo-Christian values upon which it is based.”

Massachusetts Family Institute communications director Mary Ellen Siegler previously told NewBostonPost that schools shouldn’t use the gender unicorn in their curricula.

“The gender unicorn graphic teaches young impressionable students that sex and gender are on a spectrum. Two ideas that conflict with science and many families’ deeply held beliefs.” Siegler said by email. “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 — the gender unicorn differs from it in certain important ways, as the Trans Student Educational Resources’ web site notes.

Trans Student Educational Resources says it created the gender unicorn 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.

Arlington is a town in Middlesex County with a population of about 46,000 people, according to U.S. Census data. It is about 6 miles northwest of Boston.

Arlington Public Schools superintendent Elizabeth Homan could not be reached for comment on Monday or Tuesday this week.

An image of the gender unicorn is available below:


The school district’s sex-ed curriculum is available by clicking here.



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