(PresidentialWire.com)- After public anger over their proposal to contribute books advocating transgenderism to schools and public libraries for children as young as five years old, State Farm backed down on Monday.
According to the popular Twitter account @LibsofTikTok, which frequently breaks the news on cultural issues, a May 23 email from Victor Terry, State Farm’s chief diversity officer, to State Farm agents reads, “State Farm’s support of a philanthropic program, GenderCool, has been the subject of news and customer inquiries.”
There was more from State Farm. LibsofTikTok broke the news on Twitter:
BREAKING: @StateFarm sent out a mass email to their staff today stating “we will no longer support that program” after they were exposed for supporting a project to push LGBTQ books into schools.
A source tells me “the agents were really upset when we found out.” W pic.twitter.com/55P1QJ0oLa
— Libs of TikTok (@libsoftiktok) May 23, 2022
According to Terry at State Farm, the book initiative was created to encourage “inclusivity,” but State Farm will no longer support it.
But in a reversal, Terry’s email states that conversations regarding gender and identity should happen at home with parents. They now oppose requiring this issue to be taught in schools.
Terry stated, “We will no longer sponsor that initiative.”
He said they’ll keep looking at how we might help groups that provide tools and services that correspond with their commitment to diversity and inclusion. Additionally, the firm stated that it supports groups that “provide resources for parents to have these dialogues.”
According to a news release, the insurance company drew attention on early Monday when the insurance company invited its Florida agents to volunteer to receive books about gender identity and donate them to local neighborhood schools or public libraries by the end of April. The three books were aimed toward children in kindergarten and up: “A Kids Book About Being Transgender,” “A Kids Book About Being Non-Binary,” and “A Kids Book About Being Inclusive.”
A leaked internal email stated, “The project’s purpose is to improve the representation of LGBTQ+ books and support our communities in having hard, vital, and inspiring dialogues with children age 5+.”
The insurance behemoth was rolling out the initiative worldwide, not just in Florida, according to the internal email. According to the email, some 550 State Farm agents and staff would be able to give the books to a local classroom, community center, or library.
When Florida’s new parental rights legislation takes effect on July 1, publications supporting transgenderism, such as the ones State Farm provides, will be prohibited from being used in classrooms for young children.
The email sparked outrage on social media, with several Twitter users stating that they would cancel or avoid State Farm insurance coverage due to the news.