After a newly elected school board member spoke at the anti-LGBT Protect Our Children rally alongside the Proud Boys, a concerned citizen spoke before the Broward County School Board.
“Parents have a right to teach their children that being gay is not OK, but public schools do not,” said Marc Paige.
Paige’s comments were in response to Brenda Fam speaking at the rally, which was hosted by the Proud Boys, Moms for Liberty Miami, Florida Fathers for Freedom, and Gays Against Groomers. On the flier for the rally, attendees were encouraged to protest against “radicalized sexual curriculum, gender ideology, child grooming, parental alienation, and ‘gender-affirming care.’”
In introducing Fam to the crowd, a man said, “It is not easy to speak on behalf of the children and stand up for what’s right, especially in a corrupt county like Broward.”
Fam noted that she was not there in an official capacity, but as a mother and resident of Broward County. As she spoke, she was surrounded by signs that read “grooming leads to sex trafficking,” and “stop grooming our children.” An attorney, she talked about the cases of children contracting sexually transmitted diseases from abusers as well as Broward County being the second largest area in the state for sex trafficking.
“Sex trafficking is today’s slavery. So please stay involved with your children’s lives,” she said. “Why do I say ‘groomers?’ Because most of the time — I would say three out of four children — when they are … abused it’s someone they know. So somehow they not only win over the child’s trust, they win over the parents’ trust and they make you doubt yourself.”
According to RAINN, grooming is a series of “manipulative behaviors that the abuser uses to gain access to a potential victim, coerce them to agree to the abuse, and reduce the risk of being caught.” Grooming can be used to manipulate a victim of any age.
Especially because of involvement by Gays Against Groomers, the movement has claimed to not be anti-LGBT. However, the same groups have rallied against children being treated for gender dysphoria and accused doctors and parents of mutilating and sexualizing children to advance their agenda.
In a statement, Fam said, “If you support my cause, to protect the children you are [welcome] to stand next to me. Doesn't matter if you are gay, straight, black, white, Black Lives Matter, or the Proud Boys.”
Paige continued in his public comments, “If talking to second graders about a mommy and a daddy isn’t talking about sex, then talking to second graders about two moms or two dads is also not talking about sex.”
“It’s appalling that gay and trans students are still coping with the same dangerous environment that I barely survived 50 years ago. Stop erasing or demonizing these kids.”
Also during the meeting, in a discussion about the math software Istation, Fam was concerned that there might be mention of “sexual orientation, gender identity and minoritized groups” in the math problems.
“We need to put the parents on notice of that,” she said. “It doesn’t say anything about it being age-appropriate, so I don’t know if it’s been looked at or reviewed.”
Staff noted that the program is used throughout Florida and is “age appropriate related to mathematics.” Fam ended up voting in favor of it. She brought up her concern about a second math software, asking if it was in compliance with the Parental Rights in Education Law — nicknamed “Don’t Say Gay” — and the Stop WOKE Act.