“Welcoming Schools” & the Human Rights Campaign

A homosexual-themed program for elementary schools being introduced in many classrooms is the “Welcoming Schools” initiative from the Human Rights Campaign’s foundation.

What’s in the Lesson Plans: Promoted as a way to “maintain a safe school environment,” the curriculum has been introduced in several school districts nationwide and has been highlighted as a resource by the federal government. However, many parents who encountered the curriculum in their schools felt that its recommended books and activities crossed the line into blatant indoctrination.

In particular, parents objected to a video called That’s a Family!, which depicts 9- and 10-year-olds lauding the benefits of living with two moms or two dads. The video can be used with an accompanying teachers’ handbook featuring a crossword puzzle for elementary kids with words such as “transgender.”  Read a story about parents who took a stand for their rights when this program was piloted in their area.

Who’s Behind It: The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is the nation’s largest homosexual advocacy group. Founded in 1980, the organization has both a nonprofit foundation and a political arm that, among other things, have:

  •  fought for the legalization of same-sex marriage. Citing the passage of same-sex marriage in New York, HRC took credit in its 2011 annual report for “leading the on-the-ground campaign that resulted in 150,000-plus constituent contacts to targeted state senators who went on to pass the landmark legislation. It was not an easy win. …In total, we spent close to $1 million to secure marriage equality.” It’s 2012 report said “Our program spending increased $4.9 million to $34.2 million and represented 75% of every dollar spent. Through this investment we helped win marriage equality, took our programs to communities across America…” The 2014 report states that “210 schools in 20 states will participate in HRC’s ‘Welcoming Schools’ program this fall, up from 11 pilot schools only 2 years ago.”
  • launched campaigns that pressure companies and schools to introduce “diversity” instruction and/or policies that celebrate homosexual, transgender and same-sex marriage themes.
  • In 2015 HRC reported $59 million in total revenue. The organization stated that the money allowed them to “support the oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges that set the stage for the historic U.S. Supreme Court decision on marriage equality … and continue to expand our programs targeted at youth well-being…”
  • In the 2016 report, HRC writes of  “dangerous groups”–listing as an example a Christian legal ministry that espouses a biblical view of sexuality–stating that it is their “duty to shine a spotlight on these shameful groups, hold their leaders and followers accountable.”

Who Supports It:  Corporate supporters listed on HRC’s web site include American Airlines, Target, Citi, Microsoft, Nationwide insurance, Hershey, The Coca Cola Company, Prudential, Chevron, Google, Nike, Macy’s and Starbucks, among others. The “Welcoming Schools” project itself also specifically cites supporters including the following foundations: BBVA Compass, Wells Fargo, John C. Kish Foundation and the Ernest Lieblich Foundation.