A Catholic high school in California hosted a cultural festival in January which included a booth that asked women to make “pronoun buttons,” according to documents and testimony obtained by a concerned parent organization.
Carondelet High School’s diversity, equity, and inclusion council hosted a “cultural” event wherein students were shown a “gender identities presentation,” according to Parents Defending Education (PDE). A Carondelet parent told PDE that students were given a passport to collect stamps at different booths and redeem them for prizes. One of the booths included the Horizon Gender & Sexualities Alliance (GSA) club.
The GSA Network creates high school clubs that are “next-generation LGBTQ racial and gender justice organizations that empower and train trans, queer, and allied youth leaders to advocate, organize, and mobilize an intersectional movement,” according to the organization’s website.
A separate Pride-inspired program in the spring of 2021 highlighted trans youth activist Jazz Jennings, who underwent “sex reassignment surgery” at the age of 17. Jennings’ surgery was fraught with serious medical complications, according to the activist’s doctor.
During the two-week celebration in 2021, eight LGBT flags were hung in the school to “show that there are more gender expressions and identities than just the ones commonly brought up,” according to Carondelet’s website.
PRIVATE SCHOOLS: All-girl Catholic Carondelet High School hosts repeated celebrations of trans agenda, one that included a station for students to make pronoun buttons and a “Gender Identities” presentation.
— Parents Defending Education (@DefendingEd) April 14, 2022
Carondelet is associated with the Catholic Diocese of Oakland, California. The Catholic diocese’s goals for its schools are to “educate children in the Catholic faith and nurture their minds, bodies, and souls,” according to its website.
Tuition at the all-girls school for the 2021-2022 school year cost $20,745, according to the high school’s tuition page. (RELATED: The Head Of A Christian Texas School Told Kids The Church Is ‘Normalizing Same-Sex Relationships)
A parent of a high school senior at Carondelet told PDE that “the event seemed like a days-long promotional commercial for dangerous transgender ideology.”
“I am concerned because the school has gone well past just welcoming. Celebrations like these create confusion for our daughters who are adjusting to their natural sexual development. And they are contrary to our Catholic faith,” the parent said.
The parent claims that when she reached out to the school they directed her to a statement that calls on Catholics to “stand in solidary with and support lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in our quest for inclusion and justice.”
A spokesperson for Carondelet High School was unable to comment as the school is on Easter break.