October 19, 2022
By Braden Cartwright
Daily Post Staff Writer
Candidates for Palo Alto’s school board and city council held a rally in front of City Hall on Oct. 16 after school board candidate Ingrid Campos called being LGBTQ a “deviant lifestyle” and said students shouldn’t be taught about it in school.
Campos said in two blog posts and at a candidate forum that schools are doing experiments on pre-pubescent, confused children by promoting puberty blockers and double mastectomies.
“Fifteen-year-olds are being pushed into transitioning,” she said. “Those are sexual politics, and that destroys the innocence of children.” Starting in kindergarten, schools give kids books that deal with LGBTQ themes, Campos said.
Her comments were denounced by her three competitors at a forum held by the Palo Alto Council of PTAs on Oct. 6.
“It is not political to tell a student that we value you for exactly who you are,” candidate Nicole Chiu-Wang said Incumbent Shounak Dharap called Campos’ comments “shameful.”
“Wow,” he said. “To hear some of those things — it’s antithetical to everything we have done as a district to make sure students feel like they can be supported and be who they are in our schools.”
Palo Alto schools don’t do any experiments on children, he said. Schools do, however, provide an environment for students to get questions answered if they have them – because they do have questions, Dharap said.
Dharap, Chiu-Wang and candidate Shana Segal held a rally on Sunday along with six of seven council candidates.
“Hate has no home here” was the theme, and around 80 people showed up.
Campos said in an interview yesterday she was out of town and only heard about the rally secondhand.
She said people are free to gather, but her viewpoints have been twisted.
She said she never denigrated anyone other than Scholastic Books for selling books with LGBTQ themes to young children.
“What parent desires to expose their child to the deviant lifestyle that embodies LGBTQ?” she said in a blog post. “LGBTQ is a sexual preference lifestyle, not an individual’s character.” Campos said that the people at the anti-hate rally were actually spreading hate by holding a Black Lives Matter sign. Black Lives Matter is a “domestic terror group” that “has spewed nothing but violence in society,” she said.