Burlington schools strive to be national model for LGBTQ+ advocacy

by Karlyn Borysenko

Excerpts republished from Actively UnWoke Substack column

Last year, I worked with my community of volunteers to expose the public schools in Burlington Vermont were grooming 12-year-old children on the internet. The story gained national media attention.

Just a few months back, we learned that the schools doubled down, forming an LGBTQ+ task force that has (among other things) instituted a checklist in the K-12 public schools in the city to make sure they have enough LGBTQ+ flags and flare in their classrooms.

And now we have the next chapter in the ongoing dystopian soap opera that is the Burlington Vermont public schools: They are reviving their annual equity workshop series, except they’ve learned a thing or two from the last year and are now holding workshops in person and refusing to allow the public to record them (one might wonder what they are so afraid of us seeing).

However, they did do us a favor and put their slide decks online for the first two workshops that have already concluded. Another workshop is scheduled for March 8 at Flynn Elementary School. If you’re in the Burlington area and would like to drop by, please email me at activelyunwoke @ and let me know.

Allow me to walk you through the highlights. You can find PDFs for the slidedecks (just in case they delete them from their website) over at The Burlington Project, a substack dedicated to documenting the first city in America built entirely on equity.

They want to be the national model for LGBTQ+ activism in schools

I’ve argued that the reason we all need to pay attention to Burlington Vermont is NOT that we can save them from the far-left ideology that has permeated their public life…but because we can’t save them. Burlington will be a city built entirely on equity, in public schooling, and in the community, because that is what the vast majority of people in the community want.

Our purpose is to understand what happens when a community organizes itself around these ideas. It will either grow into the utopia that all dream it will, or it will become a dystopian warning.

Burlington sees itself as a school system that will provide a national model for how to address LGBTQ+ activism in schools:

Read more here…..

The author is a Williamstown native who now publishes Actively Unwoke, an influential online publication challenging current trends in transgender education in schools (among other things).

Categories: Commentary, Education

13 replies »

  1. It would be nice if they strived to be a national model of how to teach so that children learn; a city where children are excelling in school. A city with emotionally healthy children. But a city of “equity “, which has been pushing LBTQ stuff on kids since kindergarten? Not anywhere I’d want to live or raise kids.

  2. Quite an aspiration. A sure thing to continue the spiral into the abyss.

    I have to agree wholeheartedly with statement by VTIndependent above.

    When do start pushing towards excellence rather than something less than mediocre?

  3. …meanwhile the standardized test scores continue to plummet and the number of kids with serious emotional issues expands. The victimhood worship thing is doing what any thinking person would have expected.

  4. If that’s their focus, expect lower rates of academic proficiency and higher rates of anxiety, depression, self-harm and suicide. Should fit in nicely with a city in despair with elevated rates of crime, drugs, gangs, prostitution and businesses closing up shop.

  5. I know….how about striving for academic excellence & not some screwball, unscientific dogma that has absolutely zippo to do with the original purpose of publicly funded educational system that was meant to educate – not indoctrinate. The entire USA is being mocked and therefore, Vermont stands proud; their ultimate goal to destroy this noble Constitutional Republic and replace it with good ‘ol Karl Marx’s notable dystopian nightmare which murdered millions.

  6. Are you saying that you don’t strive to be a national model for ALL KIDS? Seems like its time for a discrimination complaint.

  7. EMANCIPATION!! We have placed ourselves in bondage to an oppressive monopoly organization and it’s radicalized union. As long as families are a captive clientele, those in charge can pursue their own agenda making us a subjugated clientele. If families were in control of the funds to buy schooling services and hire he teachers they want wouldn’t this freedom erase most of the problems we face with the present failed system?

  8. Evil in the purest of forms. Crimes against children, crimes against humanity, war crimes…

    Matthew 24 6:10

    6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

    7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

    8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.

    9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.

    10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.

  9. The person who is telling CHILDREN what and who they F*** is a sick sick person… Yes person, with the ability to have morals, values and FOLLOW THE LAW. This is a form of grooming. Grooming to believe that aberrant sexual behavior is acceptable by giving it a label to be repeated and glorified, in school, really it is not. This person should be arrested and charged w/ enticing minors. At no time is it necessary for a person, who preforms or is part of, aberrant behavior, to tell CHILDREN that is what they do. Such labels scream that behavior to adults. That is why we ignore these fools and don’t do their “pronoun” garbage. I do not fear these people I pity them so no homophobic labels, they are people and must act accordingly to community standards of decency and NOT put their bedroom out into the community. Decent people are tolerant but this is NOT about how they act in private but how they act in PUBLIC, like in front of children in a school. Thanks for showing on national TV that VT is the place to go for perverts and pedos. And don’t forget the Great SKIING!

  10. Question is. How many legislatures actually have children under the age of 18. Again this is what the people voted for. They should be striving for academic excellence.

  11. Burlington schools are going to “strive” to be a national model for LGBTQ+ advocacy instead of striving for improved educational results in core subjects such as reading, math, science and writing. When these children finish school, their proficiency in these core subjects will make getting a job or going on to higher education an easier task. LGBTQ+ advocacy will not help them for the remainder of their lives. The priorities of the NEA and the educational system are misguided at best and almost criminal if you are less generously inclined of the current educational system.

  12. If Vermonters want to be a national model skiing, cheese-making and maple syrup are their best bets.