Browsing articles in "LGBT Issues in Education"
Nov 20, 2018

The National Pulse – Parental Rights at Stake in Case of Minn. Mother and Teen “Emancipated” by State

This article, written by Dr. Karen Effrem for The National Pulse, highlights the story of the State of Minnesota emancipating a 17 year old boy from his mother after that mother refused to allow sex reassignment surgery for the teen.

It was this critical parental rights issue that Kaardal argued in the appeal based on the longstanding 2000 U.S. Supreme Court precedent Troxel v. Granville. This opinion affirms thousand of years of history and multiple other Supreme Court cases by making the constitutional “presumption that fit parents act in the best interest of their children.” Troxel also says that unless government entities can show evidence that the parent is not fit, there is “no reason for the State to inject itself into the private realm of the family to further question the ability of that parent to make the best decisions concerning the rearing of that parent’s children.”

Aside from this fundamental parental rights issue, there is the ongoing issue of the harm of gender dysphoria and the tragic “affirmation” of teens by major medical societies with life-altering puberty blocking drugs that result in sterility and sex-change surgery. Yet, according to both the American College of Pediatricians (ACP) and former Johns Hopkins chief of psychiatry, Dr. Paul McHugh, citing The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, “as many as 98% of gender confused boys and 88% of gender confused girls eventually accept their biological sex after naturally passing through puberty,” and the suicide rate is 20 times higher for gender dysphoric adults who have undergone hormone treatment and sex reassignment surgery even in very LGBTQ-friendly countries like Sweden.

You can read the full article on The National Pulse’s website here.

Dr. Effrem’s National Pulse archive is available here.

Apr 25, 2018

Education Liberty Watch Supporting Day of Silence Walkout


An important event is designed to protest and counter the rapid erosion of parental rights in schools around GLBT issues and is happening on Friday, April 27th.  The Day of Silence Walkout is promoted by nearly four dozen national and state organizations, including the American Family Association, the Illinois Family Institute, Liberty Counsel, The Child Protection League, and Education Liberty Watch. The walkout is intended to counter the disruption of class time by students and or teachers that will remain silent during an entire day to promote the political agenda of the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) and “its controversial, unproven, and destructive theories on the nature and morality of homosexuality.”


Parents are being urged to call their children out of school if their high school, and an increasing number of middle schools, allow students and or teachers to remain silent during instructional time on this day. The goals are to “actively oppose this hijacking of the classroom for political purposes;” to “reclaim a proper understanding of the role, and limits of public education;” and to “de-politicize the learning environment.” Parents are given a host of resources on the site to deal with the logistics of participation and the reasoning behind it.

Parents, Teachers, and Administrators: What to Do on Day of Silence

Reasons for the Day of Silence Walkout

Instructions for Parents

Sample Call Out Letter

This is a great opportunity to assert parental rights and to protect children’s innocence. Please join the movement!

The National Pulse: Will California Bureaucrats Approve School Textbooks Praising LGBT Agenda?

Dr. Karen Effrem extends a pressing warning to parents!

  • This assault on innocent children, especially young ones — combined with Common Core, social emotional learning and data mining — is just one more reason parents ought to carefully consider how they educate their children. Regardless of the machinations of these various groups and government entities, parents must stand and protect their children against this tyranny of the mind imposed by a radical minority and out-of-control government. We owe them and the nation nothing less.
  • This highly subjective statute is the latest in a long line of California laws that undermine parental rights and authority and wade deeply into identity group politics. This will base the study of history not on achievements, but on membership in some identity group, totally undermining the concept of E pluribus unum – “Out of many, one.”


Will California Bureaucrats Approve School Textbooks Praising LGBT Agenda?

The National Pulse: Mother Denied Parental Rights over Transgender Teen Appeals Court Ruling

Last month, Dr. Effrem described the bizarre and dangerous Minnesota federal court decision that “emancipated” a minor child from his mother, thereby denying her inherent parental right to direct the academic, medical, and other aspects of the care and upbringing of her own son — all without any of the due process normally involved in such situations.

The story continues:

According to the Minnesota Child Protection League (CPL), an organization which has been supporting Ms. Calgaro’s efforts, attorneys for the district made the situation painfully worse:

Attorneys for the school district went on to state that, since Calgaro had filed a lawsuit to assert her parental rights, her request should be denied in order to protect her son from “further harm.”  Consider that. The school administration is empowered to decide that Calgaro is harmful to her son because she challenged the violation of her parental rights in court.

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