LINCOLN, Nebraska, October 13, 2014 – A public school district in Lincoln, Nebraska is instructing its teachers to refer to all children as “purple penguins” in place of gender specific adjectives such as “boys” and “girls”. The move is part of an overall campaign to make classrooms “gender inclusive”, a concept that aims to neutralize gender as a term for describing people.
The handout with the new instructions was sent to all teachers and administrators recently as part of a larger effort to educate staff on transgender issues. Brenda Leggiardo, the school district’s coordinator of social workers and counselors told the Lincoln Journal Star, “The agenda we’re promoting is to help all kids succeed.”
Leggiardo went on to state, “We have kids who come to us with a whole variety of circumstances, and we need to equitably serve all kids.”
The handout was provided to the school district by Gender Spectrum, a website that “provides education, training and support to help create a gender sensitive and inclusive environment for children of all ages.”