Another Texas public school teacher has been exposed pushing radical gender theory on elementary school students.

Accuracy in Media captured Leander Independent School District fourth-grade teacher Deanna Perkins on video explaining how she infuses LGBT ideologies into her classroom.

Perkins—who teaches at Leander ISD’s Reagan Elementary School—said she pins up LGBT pride flags in her classroom and stocks her bookshelves with radical gender theory content.

The fourth-grade teacher also claimed to tell her elementary school students they can identify as something other than their biological gender.

“I have my lanyard that has my pronouns on it, because even though you think ‘elementary school’ … there are some kids that just, obviously, know that they’re … ‘not like everyone else,’ right? Something is different. ‘I don’t feel like I’m a girl, I don’t identify as a girl.’”

“And so, I want to be that safe space.”

Perkins said that when students ask about her pronoun lanyard, she tells them that people can choose their gender and “identify” as anything they like.

Because they were like, “Why do you have that?” I said, “Well, because that’s what I identify as. I’m a she/her.” And they’re like, “Oh, okay.” And so, I said, “Because some people identify as they/them and some identify as he/him.” And so, when I said, “I identify as she/her,” then they’re like, “Oh, I’m a she/her.”

Perkins also explained how one student came to class wearing a “pronoun pin.”

“And I actually had one of my students, she came in … with a pin that she found. ‘Look, look at my pin,’ [she said], and I was like, ‘That’s awesome.’”

Although parents across Texas have started pushing back against radical ideologies in public schools, Perkins was unapologetic about wearing LGBT-themed clothing to Reagan Elementary.

“I wear my ‘Protect Trans Kids,’ you know? All sorts of stuff to school,” said Perkins. “And some people are like, ‘You wear that to school?’ I said, ‘Yeah.’”

On social media, Perkins lamented the passage of Senate Bill 14, which will protect children from being chemically castrated by puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones and from receiving mutilative surgeries to “transition” them.

“They don’t want to ‘Save Texas Kids,” wrote Perkins. “If they did, they would be trying to save ALL hurting children and families.”

Last year, Perkins pushed back against parents who voiced concerns about sexually explicit books at Leander ISD, claiming that schools should expose children to a variety of lifestyles.

“I’m a teacher who sees what some of these kids go through on a daily basis and just knowing that who they are is being deemed as pornographic is so hurtful,” Perkins told KXAN. “I feel like it’s important to see what these people have gone through whether they are Black, whether they are Mexican American, whether they are indigenous or LGBTQ, because a lot of us don’t know what they’ve gone through.”

Leander ISD did not respond to a request for comment before publication.

Katy Marshall

Katy graduated from Tarleton State University in 2021 after majoring in history and minoring in political science.