Kevin Jennings founded the Gay Lesbian Straight Educational Network (GLSEN).
Governor Perpich established the Governor’s Task Force on Gay and Lesbian Minnesotans to find “whether evidence of discrimination against Gay and Lesbian persons in Minnesota existed” and make recommendations. The report includes homophobia: “prejudice” of belief in LGBTs being sinful, immoral, sick, or inferior to heterosexuals. Tolerance and acceptance are listed as homophobic. Inclusive: support, admiration, appreciation, and nurturance.
The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) distributed a guide, Alone No More, based on the Governor’s Task Force on Gay and Lesbian Minnesotans’ conclusions, to assist schools in developing “inclusive” environments.
Jennings outlined a strategy to transform and control the gender activism debate by hijacking the language. He coined the term “safe schools.” He portrayed opponents as haters and bigots; he portrayed non-heterosexual people as “victims” of “hate” and “intolerance.”
The Minnesota Department of Education published the Safe Schools Manual. See A Review of the 2005 Safe Schools Manual.
The Obama administration created a federal “Safe Schools Czar” within the U.S. Department of Education and appointed Kevin Jennings as Assistant Deputy Secretary within the Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools. Jennings promoted vast new government infrastructures and enforcement systems to make gender fluid individuals “safe” from bullying hence “Safe Schools.” Unknown to the public, “safe” meant requiring affirmation and promotion. The National Education Association, Hollywood, the media, and community activist groups all enthusiastically joined in.
Kevin Jennings came to Minnesota to initiate “listening sessions” on gender activist issues in the schools. These sessions were not about listening to the public but political organizing for Minnesota legislation that would be introduced in 2013 and passed in 2014, The Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act.
The Anoka-Hennepin School District, the largest school district in the state, was targeted by gender activists as a next step to passing the statewide legislation. The school board had adopted a “neutrality policy” on teaching about gender issues (not affirming, not condemning).
Public and congressional outrage over the gender radicalism of Kevin Jennings caused the complete elimination of the position of Safe Schools Czar in the U.S. Department of Education.
Governor Dayton established the Governor’s Task Force on the Prevention of School Bullying based on the pre-determined conclusions and recommendations of Kevin Jennings’ so-called “listening sessions.”
Gender activists used Rolling Stone magazine’s article One Town’s War on Gay Teens as a national mouthpiece to create an outrageous smear of the Anoka-Hennepin School District, the school board, and any local citizens (including CPL Director Barb Anderson) who supported the “neutrality policy.” This, too, was paving the way for passing statewide legislation, portraying non-heterosexual students as oppressed victims that needed affirmation.
The story exploded, vilifying then-Congresswoman Michele Bachmann both nationally and in Minnesota because she had spear-headed legislation to define marriage as between one man and one woman. Michele had grown up in Anoka County and represented the county in Congress. The author of that smear, Sabrina Erdely, was found liable in 2016 for defamation for a 2014 Rolling Stone story, A Rape on Campus: A Brutal Assault and Struggle for Justice at UVA, in which she was found to have made up her facts. Rolling Stone ends up with a $3 million settlement. But the false Anoka-Hennepin Rolling Stone story gave the Obama administration’s U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder the excuse he wanted to target the school district. Holder traveled to Minnesota to force a federal consent decree on the Anoka-Hennepin School District. What school board can fight the deep pockets of the U.S. Department of Justice?
The Anoka-Hennepin experience was a build-up to the statewide legislation being prepared that U.S. Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez called “a model for schools across the nation.”
Final Task Force recommendations were released, all of which were incorporated into the Minnesota Safe & Supportive Schools Act of 2013 (aka the Bullying Bill).
The Bullying Bill passed on an extremely controversial party line vote. Three incumbent Democrats lost their 2015 election, in part due to their Bullying Bill vote.
The U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights issued a “Dear Colleague Letter” defining U.S. Civil Rights Law, Title IX, as requiring transgender students to use the private facilities of their gender identity or lose federal education money. The letter unlawfully redefined federal statute and did not have the force of law. Minnesota adopted this policy. [The U.S. Department of Education’s “Dear Colleague Letter” was reversed by President Trump in 2017.]
Jefferson Fietek was arrested and charged for sexual abuse of minors. He was a former Anoka middle school teacher, a key instigator of the neutrality “Sexual Orientation Curriculum Policy” controversy, one of the most outspoken teachers against supporters of the neutrality policy, and the advisor to the GSA (Gay Straight Alliance) club.
Fietek was sentenced to 30 years in prison. City Pages said he was an advisor to one of the students who committed suicide. In 2011, Fietek had been given an award by the Minnesota Stonewall DFL Caucus. Fietek was a DFL-endorsed candidate for the House in 2014.