WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Independent Women’s Forum (IWF) released the third video in its documentary series, “Identity Crisis.”

The latest “mini documentary” tells the story of Susie, a mom from Alaska who describes being “intentionally deceived” by public school officials who told her that she has no say over what her daughter, who identifies as transgender, goes by in school. When communicating with Susie and her husband, school officials always referred to their daughter as a girl. But when Susie found her daughter’s student ID, she discovered that behind closed doors, the school was using male pronouns and her daughter’s made-up name.

“I thought parents and the school were supposed to work together for the well-being of the child,” Susie told Independent Women’s Forum. “It doesn’t feel like that’s happening.”

Susie’s now-16-year-old daughter still feels “confused” over her gender. With a new school year beginning this month, Susie logged into the parent portal to check her daughter’s information. There, Susie discovered that her daughter’s name was changed without parental consent or notification, then grayed out so she couldn’t edit.

“Obviously, someone who isn’t her parent or legal guardian entered this on her enrollment paperwork,” Susie said. “How do you stop the school from doing something that they’re not telling you that they’re doing?”

IWF’s “Identity Crisis” series tells the stories of four mothers whose daughters fell victim to gender ideology, two detransitioners who now warn of the harms of socially and medically transitioning, and one mental health professional who rails against her profession for prioritizing political correctness over public health. 

Kelsey Bolar, senior policy analyst at IWF and executive producer of the series, said, “Public schools are intentionally deceiving parents by transitioning children behind their backs. It’s dangerous and wrong. Susie previously thought a situation like this would never happen to her, but with more children identifying as transgender every day, it’s becoming the norm. Susie bravely went on-camera to share her story and explain how gender ideology has harmed her child.”

Watch Susie’s story HERE.



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