CHARLOTTE, NC (Cassie Cope/ The Charlotte Observer - A conservative blogger is helping organize a national protest against what supporters call "radical, graphic, taxpayer funded, gender-bending sex education."
In Charlotte, protesters will gather Monday to target sex ed and the Welcoming Schools program, which Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools uses to help with acceptance of LGBTQ students.
Tami Fitzgerald, of Raleigh-based NC Values Coalition, said she has been getting phone calls from parents, teachers and counselors in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools "saying 'Please help us, you can't believe what they're teaching our kids in school."
National conservative blogger Elizabeth Johnston, who calls herself the "Activist Mommy," is helping organize the event and will participate in Charlotte. Johnston home-schools her own 10 children, but is urging other parents protest during the "Sex Ed Sit Out."
"I represent the 2 million homeschoolers in America who come from tax-paying households that are disgusted by the teaching of anal sex, oral sex and masturbation during school hours," Johnston wrote in an email to the Observer.
Other locations hosting protests include Sacramento, Calif.; Spokane, Wash.; Bloomington, Ind.; and Austin and San Antonio, Texas, according to Johnston.
On April 23 in North Carolina, the NC Values Coalition is urging parents to keep their children home and to send a letter to the school administration explaining why.
A pre-form letter is on the sexedsitout.com website and says: "Pornographic sex education and anti-bullying curriculum is being implemented across our globe in an attempt to indoctrinate our children with 'sexual rights'."
The April 23 protest will be held at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Fitzgerald said that rally will also protest Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Welcoming Schools program. She accused the anti-bullying curriculum as being "intended to indoctrinate children as young as five about homosexuality, transgenderism and all other LGBT behaviors."
Charlotte school leaders have said they're using age-appropriate lessons and classroom practices to ensure a safe place for the most vulnerable children to learn.
"It's not about advocacy. It's not about condoning or damning," a Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools official said in an earlier story. "It's about supporting our students."
The Sex Ed Sit Out's national Facebook page has more than 7,000 likes. The Charlotte Facebook event so far has had 22 people say they are interested and five say they were going as of Thursday afternoon.