The Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Westport, a "welcoming" congregation that has committed to being inclusive of LGBTQ concerns at every level of congregational life including worship, programs, and social occasions, has announced that it will embark on what is described as "the centerpiece cycle of Our Whole Lives" or "OWL" to help young people "put their values into practice."
The 25-workshop series covers a wide range of sexuality-related topics, and in fact starts off with a workshop that guides children on exploring the Circles of Sexuality—a broad definition of sexuality—before examining their own personal values about sexuality as well as the language for sexual anatomy, activity and so forth.
The next unit reinforces the idea that knowing and talking about sexual organs and their functions is both normal and appropriate. It addresses concerns about puberty and body image, and then dives right into radical gender ideology. One of the workshops explores all sexual orientations but emphasizes lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer (LGBQ) orientations "due to the continuing existence of heterosexism (the assumption that everyone is or should be heterosexual), homophobia (bias against LGBQ people), and biphobia (aversion toward bisexuality and bisexual people)". The students will learn how to "affirm the dignity and worth" of people of all sexual orientations.
There's a workshop meant for guest panel aimed to teach children how to better understand and empathize with people who face homophobia, heterosexism, biphobia, and/or transphobia.
Another workshop uses scripted role playing exercises to teach skills that prepare children to be best friends and loving partners in lifelong commitments or marital relationships.
Other workshops cover contemporary issues, such as sexuality and social media, responsible sexual behavior, sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy and parenting decisions. The UUA even recommends bringing in a guest speaker or taking a field trip to a reproductive health center (also known as an "abortion clinic") to teach children about "three options" for resolving an unwanted pregnancy.
The resources recommended by the congregation are pretty eye-opening, and include titles like "Beyond Magenta" which is a collection of non-fiction stories, one of which recounts statutory rape experienced by a six-year-old transgender child (a biological boy) who would perform oral sex on men in the neighborhood: "From six up, I used to kiss other guys in my neighborhood, make out with them, and perform oral sex on them. I liked it. I used to love oral. And I touched their you-know-whats. We were really young, but that's what we did." That's quite a book suggestion coming from the congregation!
The UAA further recommends resources for use with children in grades K-6, including 14 books on gender / gender identity and videos on gender identity (e.g., Amaze Jr: Help Kids Learn About Gender) and "queer kid stuff" which offers a channel full of videos on rainbow parenting and such.
The UUA even recommends a video on masturbation for children in grades K-6 that teaches that some people call a vagina a "va-jay-jay" because they are uncomfortable using the real word. The video goes on to feature a boy wearing a towel wrapped at the waist, sporting an erection and teaches that it's okay to play with your genitals because it feels nice, but just keep it private. (Note that Centinal covered up the image below, but you can see the uncensored children's version here.)
Another resource that is not just recommended, but the UUA even crafted a video about, is a book called "You Know, Sex" by Corey Silverberg. The book features brilliantly-colored, but shocking images of vaginas and penises, and normalizes pornography. The UUA did a one-hour video to cover this book, along with other controversial books by Silverberg.
Sounds like the children enrolled in the OWL program at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Westport are in for quite an education!