LGBTQ activists applauded in February when Apple introduced the “pregnant man” emoji. And Aimee Arrambide, executive director of a pro-abortion nonprofit group called Avow Texas, confirmed that men indeed can get pregnant during congressional testimony two weeks ago.
But in North Carolina, the idea of a pregnant “man” was too much for one preschool.
According to The Washington Times, a teacher at a preschool that is part of the public school system in Wake County resigned late last month after it was revealed that she utilized LGBTQ-themed flashcards that “included an illustration of a pregnant man.
Someone reported the cards to Republican state Rep. Erin Pare, who said the flashcards were used to teach colors to 3 and 4-year-olds. The card for the color white showed “what appears to be a woman with a man who is pregnant.”
In a press release, House Speaker Tim Moore noted that the school’s principal found the stack of cards in the classroom and verified that the teacher had used them in the classroom to teach colors.
“The principal confirmed that the flashcards were not part of the approved curriculum and that she was unaware that they were being used,” Moore noted.
Moore also pointed out that recent polling showed that 57 percent of respondents support North Carolina’s version of Florida’s Parental Rights in Education law, which as of July 1 will prohibit school districts or classroom teachers from implementing lessons rooted in sexual orientation or gender identity in grades K-3.
The Times reported that the Progress Pride Rainbow Flag Families cards “celebrate LGBT2SQ+ Families of diverse races, ages, sexualities, genders, and abilities.”
In an interview, Rep. Pare said she appreciates that loving families “come in all different shapes and sizes.”
But, she added, “I think when you’re looking at a card in front of a preschooler that has a mommy hugging a daddy with a baby in his belly, that’s just not age-appropriate material to be showing preschoolers.”