Footage has emerged of Danita McCray, a child development teacher at an elementary school in Sacramento City Unified District, saying at a presentation that she uses a ‘gender unicorn’ in her classroom.
‘You can download them and talk to them about it. And of course it’s age appropriate,’ said McCray during the presentation. ‘And even at five you can ask her, are you a girl or a boy? and you explain that to them. Yes, you were born a girl or a boy, but you may not feel that way.’
She added: ‘Now early childhood is 0 to 8 years old, so that’s kind of like preschool through third grade… And the focus… of this workshop is to give you positive strategies for supporting transgender and gender-nonconforming children.’
Toddlers are encouraged to explore their identities through learning from the ‘gender unicorn’.
In the class, the teacher said she discusses sexuality, gender identity, gender expression, and romantic attraction, as well as concepts such as ‘sexual orientation’ and ‘agender’.
‘I thought this would be a great tool to use with your students,’ McCray said of the ‘gender unicorn.’