Open Letters to KRXQ Sacramento


Parents of Gender Non-Conforming Children Speak Out For Tolerance

From a Concerned Abuela

Dear Rob and Arnie,

I just moved to CA to be near my daughter and grandchildren.  I am sad about the state budgetary problems, but I am much sadder about the nature of your recent radio broadcast.

My beloved grandson, age seven, has known he was a girl in a boy’s body ever since he was two years old.  He’s not a freak, an idiot, or a dumbass.  You may think he’s weird, but he’s not abnormal..  He is funny, kind, sensitive and, by the way, a natural athlete (although he prefers gymnastics and dancing to soccer).

This was the first year of teaching for his young first grade teacher.  Before this year, she knew nothing about gender variant children, but she observed my grandson, got to know him, and ultimately could see that he is, indeed, a girl trapped in a boy’s body.  She made it a point to educate herself and to help his classmates understand him.  The state of CA can be proud to have this young, caring woman teaching our children.

The state of CA, however, should be wary of what the type of attitudes exhibited on your recent broadcast is teaching your more susceptible listeners.  Some of these gender variant children may, indeed, end up in therapy to help them deal with the lack of acceptance and even outright abuse they receive.  Worse, some of them will even end up dead at the hands of someone who shares your expressed attitudes. 

I’m reminded of the Rodgers and Hammerstein song from South PacificYou’ve Got to be Carefully Taught.

        You’ve got to be taught to hate and fear

        You’ve got to be taught from year to year

        It’s got to be drummed in your dear little ear

        You’ve got to be carefully taught


        You’ve got to be taught to be afraid

        Of people whose eyes are oddly made

        And people whose skin is a different shade

        You’ve got to be carefully taught


        You’ve got to be taught before it’s too late

        Before you are six or seven or eight

        To hate all the people your relatives hate

        You’ve got to be carefully taught

        You’ve got to be carefully taught

Thank you, Dawn, for trying to stand up to your co-hosts’ verbal attacks on innocent children.



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