Opposes Inclusive Curriculums

  • In 2012, ADF’s Jeremy Tedesco and Matt Sharp wrote a legal memo to the Erie Community Unit School District in Illinois, which argued against the use of an LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum produced by the LGBTQ organization GLSEN. The memo said that GLSEN’s resources are part of an effort “to indoctrinate children with its radical pro-homosexual agenda, trampling parental rights in the process” and that it was “targeted at the most vulnerable and impressionable among us—our children.” Remarking on the memo, Tedesco said, “Public schools should not be coerced by outside groups into indoctrinating students into homosexual behavior by exposing them to inappropriate sexual materials. Schools are supposed to be places of learning, not places where schools push propaganda on students.” [Alliance Defending Freedom, 6/21/12; ThinkProgress, 7/6/12]
  • In 2016, ADF posted a blog lamenting Washington state’s LGBTQ-inclusive Health and Physical Education K-12 Learning Standards, which teach that “there are many ways to express gender,” promote “ways to show respect for all people,” and define sexual orientation. ADF’s blog said that the guidelines were “the perfect example of taking confused ideas about gender to its radical, social activist end,” calling it “sexual orientation and gender identity indoctrination.” [Alliance Defending Freedom, 7/1/16; Washington State Learning Standards, 2016]