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Religious School Hosts LGBT Activist To Teach Session On ‘Genderless Mothering’

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Campbell Hall, a private Episcopal school in Los Angeles, will host a talk on “genderless mothering” from a prominent LGBT activist Oct. 10.

Jodie Patterson is the author of the book “The Bold World: A Memoir of Family and Transformation” on how she went about “reshaping her own attitudes, beliefs, and biases,” after her child said she was transgender. She has also authored a children’s book about a child who has a “secret” from his mother that “he’s a boy and always has been.” A board director for the Human Rights Campaign, Patterson says she has been recognized for her activism by Hillary Clinton. (RELATED: Democrat Activist Waves A Folding Chair Over Attendees At Heated School Board Meeting, Witnesses Say)

“Three years ago, Jodie Patterson stepped into a museum exhibit on city planning and profoundly saw herself in the cities profiled. She began to ask—what if we defined Mothering differently? What if we viewed Mothers not as martyrs, but more as city planners?” a description of the talk reads.

“What if their job was not simply to raise tiny humans but to build communities—whole, diverse places where individuals can explore their interests, voice their opinions, dissent, and move about freely while benefiting from and contributing to shared life? Since then, Patterson has been exploring the lithe art of Genderless Mothering (as in anyone can do it) and the impact such leadership can have far beyond home life.”

The school issued a statement in support of its transgender students in 2018, saying its policy was modified from the Los Angeles public school district’s policy on transgender students.

“Students are permitted to participate in sex-segregated school programs and activities, including single gender classes, advisory groups, and athletic teams and competitions consistent with student’s asserted gender identity at school, irrespective of the gender listed on the student’s records,” the statement reads.

The school made overnight accommodations for transgender students to “ensure the safety and comfort of transgender and nonbinary students,” according to the statement. The school also said it would “provide a student access to a locker room facility that corresponds to the gender identity that the student asserts.”

The Campbell Hall school did not respond to the Daily Caller’s request for comment.