Mom claims daughter was invited to an art club which was really about gender identity

Erin Lee said the day started like any other – and when her daughter text home asking to go to an after-school art club, her parents gave their permission. 

“When we picked her up from that program after school, we could see on her face that something was incredibly wrong,” Lee told Fox News Digital. 

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“It wasn’t art club, it was GSA, or Gender and Sexuality [Alliance] is what they’re calling it now,” she added.

The Poudre School District in Fort Collins, Colorado where Lee’s daughter attended school told Fox News in a statement that GSAs were “established as safe spaces for members of the LGBTQIA+ community, allies, and any individual to come together with the goals of ensuring inclusivity, safety, and support. Discussions in GSAs may be confidential given that they can sometimes be sensitive in nature (i.e. a student may be “out” with specific friends but not with the community at large.)”

A person holds up a flag during rally to protest the Trump administration's reported transgender proposal to narrow the definition of gender to male or female at birth, at City Hall in New York City, U.S., October 24, 2018. 

A person holds up a flag during rally to protest the Trump administration’s reported transgender proposal to narrow the definition of gender to male or female at birth, at City Hall in New York City, U.S., October 24, 2018.  (REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo)

Lee said on the day her daughter attended, an outside speaker from an advocacy organization, SPLASH Youth of Northern Colorado, was presenting. 

Lee said the presenter “told the kids that if they’re not fully comfortable in their body, then they are transgender. So essentially told my daughter if she’s not 100% comfortable in her body, that she is transgender.”

Lee said she contacted both the SPLASH presenter and the school, which she said confirmed the meeting is always held in secret.

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Emails obtained by Parents Defending Education show the guest speaker asking the teacher to remind the Lee’s daughter “the room is a safe space and that she should not share the names of her friends in attendance,” and that conversations with Lee should be thought of as “evidence.” 

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