Oregon 6th graders receive a government poll with TWELVE gender and sexuality options – including Two Ghosts, Demiboy and Demigirl, and Agender.
- A health and well-being survey was sent to students across Oregon by the state government, with different versions for 6th, 8th, and 11th graders
- The optional survey was started in 2020 and is sent to all students in the age group every two years
- This year’s poll asks sixth graders to use 12 options to define their gender and sexuality
- Oregon authorities say it is designed to “help local schools and communities ensure all Oregon youth are healthy and successful learners.”
Sixth graders in Oregon were asked to fill out a state health survey and define their gender and sexuality — with 12 options including “Demiboy” and “Demigirl” and “Agender.”
Launched in 2020 and published annually, the survey was recently sent out to young people across the country, with different versions for 6th, 8th and 11th graders.
Sixth graders, ages 11 and 12, are asked question 13 of 76 if they would define themselves as a boy or a girl.
Other options are “Demiboy” and “Demigirl”, Non-Binary, Gender Fluid or “Agender”.
Native Americans have the ability to define their gender identity as “two spirits”—a person identifying with both a male and female spirit.
Oregon 6th graders are asked detailed questions about their gender and sexuality
Question 14 asks if you consider yourself transgender: Question 15 gives you 10 options including pansexual, asexual, and aromantic.
Additional answers are lesbian or gay, straight, bisexual, queer, something else fits better, not sure about my sexuality.
All questions have the optional answers “I don’t know what is being asked” and “I’d rather not answer”.
The Oregon Health Department emphasizes that the survey is voluntary and parents can opt-out of their children.
But they encourage parents to let their children participate.
“The Student Health Survey (SHS) is a comprehensive, school-based, anonymous, and voluntary health behavior survey,” the website states.
“It’s an important part of the statewide effort to support local schools and communities to ensure all Oregon youth are healthy and successful learners.”
Teens are asked where they sleep, with options including parents’ and relatives’ homes, foster homes, boarding houses, parking lots, and motels.
They are asked if they feel safe and heard, and if they have access to a “room at school where you can meet other students who you identify with or are like you?” (Gay/Queer/Straight Alliance, Affinity Group, BIPOC, etc).’
They’re asked if they’ve ever been bullied or self-harmed, “like intentionally cutting or burning themselves,” and if they’ve had thoughts of suicide.
Oregon authorities denied that asking the questions put thoughts in the students’ minds.
“Questioning young people on sensitive issues does not harm them and does NOT encourage this behavior,” the website states.
“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that there is no evidence that simply asking students about behaviors that are harmful to their health promotes those behaviors. The only way to tell if teens are at risk is to ask.
“The questions are age-appropriate and are asked directly and sensitively. Students can choose not to answer questions that may make them uncomfortable.’
They were also asked about their diet and exercise habits, their access to alcohol and drugs, and whether they had recently seen a doctor or dentist.
Parents are told the anonymous results “can feed into your school’s needs assessment and strategic planning.”
The state says they use an “active parental notification/passive parental permission model” — whereby parents are notified of the survey and can return a signed form to the school if they wish to waive their student from the survey.