California Preschool Educator Criticizes 'Childlike Innocence,' Advocates for Inclusion of 'Queer Identity' and Sexual Education in Early Childhood Settings

William “Willy” Villalpando, a preschool teacher in California, challenges the notion of “childhood innocence,” asserting that topics often considered “inappropriate” for young children can be addressed. Villalpando argues that the concept of preserving a pristine childhood is a misconception and believes that subjects like “queerness” can be discussed with pre-K students. The Rialto Unified School District has refrained from commenting on the matter despite inquiries from Fox News. It has been confirmed that Villalpando teaches at Trapp Preschool after a tip from a concerned source. According to Villalpando, shielding children from real-world topics is unnecessary, as they are already exposed to them.

On his cleaned website, Villalpando positions himself as a specialist in nurturing children’s gender identity, as examined by Fox News. He expresses, “Though I thoroughly enjoy engaging with young learners, my true passion revolves around elucidating the reasons behind our actions and championing the cause of young children and their families. My research focuses on gender development in young children and the influential role early educators play in this process.”

Moreover, Villalpando responds to inquiries about the appropriateness of discussing gender and sexuality with preschoolers.

“Absolutely not,” Villalpando firmly asserted, defending these discussions. “Infants start forming gender associations as early as 10 months old! By age 3, most kids can identify their gender preference, and by 4, they can articulate its implications.”

He continued by suggesting that even 3-year-olds can act as discerning individuals within society.

“Regarding race, as early as 3 months, infants begin visual differentiation based on race, showing preference for those resembling their caregivers. Even at 2 years old, children employ race as a framework to interpret people’s actions,” he contended.

Concluding his stance, he emphasized, “Children encounter gender and race daily. They deserve representation, both to see themselves and to witness diversity.”

On a separate occasion, he expressed on Instagram, “I’m done with the ‘Childhood Innocence’ argument… Stop attributing to a concept that lacks basis.”

He proceeded to criticize the notion that children should be shielded from “sexuality,” contending that such perspective is exclusive and limiting.

“Avoiding Queerness in the Classroom Doesn’t Preserve Childhood, It Negates Acceptance,” he stated in September 2021. “Children are never too young.”

“Let’s work to dismantle our own biases. (Adults often misconstrue discussions on sexuality and gender as synonymous with discussions about sex.),” conveyed the educator.

During a podcast titled “Rainbow Parenting” in November 2022, he emphasized, “Many advise against these conversations, deeming them inappropriate. But I stand firm that we can address these matters.”

The educator continued by stressing that if parents didn’t engage in these conversations, it fell upon teachers to cultivate classroom environments that might challenge the status quo.

“Exposure to diverse gender understandings can help children comprehend the fluid nature of gender,” he pointed out.

He advocated for educators to discuss “queerness” with young learners, even if parents have avoided the subject.

“In instances where parents haven’t broached these topics, children remain unaware that they could identify as intersex, agender, or non-binary. Children deserve to feel acknowledged within our classrooms. Neglecting or excluding them due to discomfort isn’t acceptable.”

Villalpando maintained that “conversations about gender” include illuminating its “social construct” nature.

“This coincides with teaching children to ask for others’ pronouns. Believe me, children grasp this concept faster than adults often acknowledge. Let youngsters practice with your guidance,” he encouraged.

According to him, children begin to explore and comprehend gender associations even before uttering their initial words. “Around the age of 3 to 4 months, infants display a preference for certain sexes and genders in their gaze,” he noted.

“By the time a child reaches 3 years, they can articulate their perceived gender identity,” he elaborated. “At around 4 years, children establish a steady understanding of their gender identity and form assumptions and beliefs about gender-based activities (e.g., dolls are for girls, cars are for boys).”