ALTOONA, Iowa – “Concerned Citizens” are petitioning Iowa’s Humboldt School District to prevent students from attending the Iowa Safe Schools conference after realizing it’s more about gay sex than bullying.
The group of concerned parents and citizens in Humboldt believe it’s “a gross misuse of taxpayer money” to send students to the conference after several came home disturbed by the graphic, profanity-laced presentations delivered at the event in Altoona this April, WHO TV reports.
The “Iowa Governors Conference on LGBTQ Youth” April 3 was billed as an anti-bullying summit aimed at fostering understanding and acceptance of LGBTQ youth, but when they arrived they soon learned there was a lot more going on.
“There were only two sessions (among the more than 20) that had anything to do with bullying. It’s a conference teaching kids how to: how to be confidently homosexual, how to pleasure their gay partners – one session even taught transsexual girls how to sew fake testicles into their underwear in order to pass themselves off as boys,” one attendee told The Family Leader.
The conference revolved around the narrative that it’s normal to be homosexual, and speakers shared their personal stories about their trials as gay students and the experience of coming out.
Speakers included one person who wore a dress made of condoms that could be “used as needed,” and another who shared their experience of finding an orgy online. One session focused on binding girls’ breasts and using hormone treatments to delay puberty, The Family Leader reports.
The father of a Des Moines senior told the site his daughter was “absolutely distraught” by the material at the conference and felt bamboozled by organizers who misled attendees about the focus of the event.
“She thought she was attending this conference to learn how students can be supportive of their homosexual peers, how they can bring unity to her school. She went thinking it was going to be on bullying, and she wanted to learn how to be more supportive, inclusive and accepting,” the father said.
“When she got there, it wasn’t really on bullying; it was basically a sexual education class for same-sex couples,” he said. “It was crude. One presenter told students who asked whether anal sex hurt that, as a lesbian, it really depended on how big the device is that their partner straps on.”
Several parents expressed concerns about the capstone speaker, a drag performer who goes by Coco Peru.
Peru apparently put on quite an explicative-laden performance and attempted to incite students to vandalism against those who oppose his/her lifestyle.
““People suck. They don’t give a f— about you. People thrive on smashing our pride to the ground. People that suck, f— you,” was Peru’s catchy little tune.
The performance ended with advice to students that if they see a bumper sticker that reads “It’s Adam and Eve for a purpose,” they should “Reach down inside yourself and give them a blessing … then slash their tires!”
Other “performers” at the conference were equally disturbing, the Des Moines father said.
“My daughter went to listen to the comedian, Sam Killermann, thinking it would at least be funny,” he said. “But instead, Killermann explained how pleasurable it is for gay couples to eat each other’s behinds and how to use different flavors of [oils] to make it taste better.
“It’s totally unacceptable, above and beyond anything we should have our children subjected to. It was over the line, especially for a conference supported by prominent Iowa businesses.”
Bob Vander Platts, president of The Family Leader, told BizPac Review he believes many parents are likely unaware of the conference’s content.
“If Iowans heard this, Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative, they would be outraged,” he said.
The conference was sponsored by the Principal Financial Group, Nationwide, Office Depot, and The TJX Companies, Inc., which owns T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods, and Sierra Trading Post, The Family Leader reports.
State Rep. Greg Heartsill sent letters to hundreds of Iowa’s K-12 educators to request more information about the material presented at the conference, and about two-thirds responded with a variety of opinions, the Newton Daily News reports.
“About 10 school districts reported paying for students and staff to attend the conference; either their registration fees, transportation, or both,” Heartsill said. “Most of the replies provide the information that was requested without commentary. One superintendent that had students attend, said that none of his students/staff found anything objectionable at the conference, and was speculating that the allegations may have been overblown.
“Another superintendent, who had students attend, told me that students at one of the breakout sessions reported they were very uncomfortable with the sexually explicit nature of the presentation — one student even described it as ‘pornographic’ — and there was enough concern to warrant a teacher leaving a different breakout session to observe the session in question.”
Humboldt school officials, now facing demands from parents to ban students from attending next year’s conference, wouldn’t make any promises.
Superintendent Greg Darling told WHO TV students raised money through a student-run club to attend this year’s conference, and it will be up to the club’s organizer about whether they’ll return in 2016.
“We support all clubs in the school that meet the policies and procedures,” he said. “We are an equal opportunity school and do not discriminate against anyone. We strive to have a positive learning environment in the district but we do not support any group of individuals who uses profanity in presentations.”
Meanwhile, Iowa Safe Schools officials are vowing to make next year’s conference bigger and better than ever, and they’re condemning those who question their methods.
“Rep. Heartsill’s red herring of attacking this Conference and the youth who attend is just plain disturbing at best,” Iowa Safe Schools executive director Nate Monson told the Newton Daily News. “Iowa Safe Schools does not receive taxpayer funds for this event (there are some cooperate and education-agency sponsors), and Heartsill’s gross overreach is, frankly, just offensive.”