An international group representing K-12 boys schools will host a training on “gender inclusive schools” with a transgender activist organization.
The International Boys School Coalition (IBSC) is set to hold the lessons for faculty from its nearly 300 member schools on September 19 and 20. The nonprofit includes several prestigious private K-12 schools, including Nashville’s Montgomery Bell Academy, Connecticut’s Fairfield Country Day School, and New York’s Buckley School.
The “Foundations of Gender-Inclusive Schools” course will be hosted in conjunction with Gender Spectrum, a transgender activist organization that encourages children to attempt to transition into the opposite sex and has partnered with transgender surgical clinics.
“Establish an understanding of gender diversity and discover approaches for applying this understanding to professional practice in boys’ schools,” a description of the online training reads.
Attendees will receive an “overview of gender-literacy concepts” and “a presentation of key terminology and concepts related to gender.” They will also “explore approaches for responding to resistance.”
The sessions include an overview of the “Gender Inclusive Schools” framework, which instructs school officials to “interrupt binary notions of gender” and “use language that challenges binary messages about gender.”
Carla Pena, Gender Spectrum’s director of training, is leading the lessons. Pena is described as “a queer, nonbinary writer, educator, and activist” whose work is centered on “LGBTQ+ rights, inclusive education, youth work, and community organizing.”
Gender Spectrum has repeatedly encouraged children to attempt to transition. It has independently hosted online discussions with sex-change surgical clinics that perform medical interventions on minors.
One session in its series focuses on “top surgery,” while another discusses facial surgery. The sessions were hosted in partnership with the Gender Confirmation Center, a San Francisco-based surgical clinic that has provided “gender-affirming surgeries” to adolescents. The clinic offers “top surgery,” “bottom surgery,” “body contouring,” and “gender confirming facial surgery.”
Two sex change clinics, the Gender Confirmation Center and Align Surgical Associates, were listed as sponsors of a conference held by Gender Spectrum in 2020.
Gender Spectrum also advertises a book titled “The Transgender Child” by the organization’s founder and board chair. A description says it “has been lauded as the most trusted source of information for families wanting to understand and affirm their transgender, gender-expansive, or nonbinary child.”
The IBSC is not the only organization that works with private schools that have hosted a conference in conjunction with Gender Spectrum. The National Association of Independent Schools, a nonprofit organization with a membership of more than 1,600 K-12 schools in the United States, hosted a similar conference with the transgender activist organization.
The International Boys School Coalition did not respond to a request for comment.