Support for LGBTQ students after SPS board comments on ‘gender identity’ – News-Leader | Directory Mayhem

A group of Springfield parents, friends and family members of LGBTQ students stepped up their support this weekend after two Springfield school board members were part of a radio show Friday that addressed gender identity issues.

Board member Steve Makoski, guest host of the two-hour show on KWTO, said gender identity issues can be distracting in the learning environment and “hinder student success.” Vice President of the Board of Directors Maryam Mohammadkhani questioned the impact of “Safe Space” stickers in the classroom.

Makoski, Mohammadkhani and one of three other guests — a public policy adviser to the Missouri Baptist Convention — expressed concern that adults in the school could “groom” vulnerable students, either ideologically or sexually.

The group, PFLAG Springfield, said it had one in the face of recent troubles in the district — including the removal of Pride flags from some classrooms at a high school — and what it described as “anti-LGBTQ+ and specifically transphobic rhetoric.” new website and poster launched” used by board members throughout the show.

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