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    by Bruce Walker   Patmos Library in Michigan’s Jamestown Township may face closure next year after voters rejected a millage renewal on Tuesday in protest of some graphic LGTBQ content in the library’s collection. Voters defeated the millage by 62% to 37%, or 763 votes. Bridge Michigan reported that 84% of the library’s $245,000 operating budget was derived from local property taxes, which would have cost each household about $24 annually. At issue are a few LGBTQ books in the Patmos Library, including a graphic novel titled “Gender Queer: A Memoir” by Maia Kobabe, a writer using the eir pronoun. The book discusses the author’s gender fluidity and sexuality, and several panels feature graphic illustrations of sexual activity. Some parents objected and created a Facebook page to garner opposition to the library millage vote. A group calling itself The Jamestown Conservatives formed “to help others of the community to be aware of the pushed agenda of explicit sexual content that is being infiltrated into our local libraries aiming toward our children,” according to its Facebook page. After seeing the millage results, Jamestown resident...
    by Reagan Reese   The largest public school district in California is teaching a curriculum promoting transgenderism and gender theory to children, according to public documents. The Human Relations, Diversity and Equity department at Los Angeles Unified School District is using presentations, training programs and clubs to instruct K-12 students on gender identity, according to public documents, first reported by City Journal that include classroom instruction materials and district-sponsored event calendars. The “trans-affirming” curriculum first appeared during the 2020-2021 academic school year. For example, the district hosted a virtual conference that featured a panel of “queer 7th graders” to advise parents on what their “queer middle schoolers want you to know,” the documents showed. The conference also included a presentation encouraging queer athletes to “come out.” A workshop on “International Transgender Day Of Visibility” said “history has a disturbing way of elevating certain voices while silencing others,” the documents showed. The presentation focused on raising awareness for the transgender community to achieve “trans justice.” The “Standing with LGBTQ+ Students, Staff and Families,” run by school administrators taught “local social justice...
    An "openly queer" elementary school teacher is going viral after being exposed for quietly helping third grade students find new gender identities. The teacher, identified as Brianna Rose in a report, posted a video on TikTok in which she discussed the importance of a classroom safe space for gender-questioning elementary school students. "I am an openly queer teacher," said Rose, who uses the name @zombriii94 on TikTok, in the video. "I wear a [bisexual] flag watch band, [bisexual] flag bracelet. In my classroom, I keep a rainbow flag." WATCH: HUMANOID 'ALIENS' WASH UP ON AUSTRALIAN BEACHES, BAFFLING LOCAL RESIDENTS Elementary teacher explains how she hints to students that she’s queer so they confide in her. She claims 3rd graders came out as non-binary to her and other kids requested name and pronoun changes pic.twitter.com/We6dP6Pxir— Libs of TikTok (@libsoftiktok) July 17, 2022 Elementary teacher explains how she hints to students that she’s queer so they confide in her. She claims 3rd graders came out as non-binary to her and other kids requested name and pronoun changes pic.twitter.com/We6dP6Pxir—...
    As Daily Kos continues to cover, conservatives aren’t slowing down when it comes to demonizing LGBTQ+ people, and especially LGBTQ+ youth. We’ve seen Republicans at all levels of government advocate for book bans (if not book burning), paint LGBTQ+ adults and allies as predators and groomers, and of course, unnecessarily stress out teachers and librarians who simply want kids to read. Because if there’s one thing Republicans are great at, it’s churning hysteria to keep people riled up and distracted. Rayla Campbell, a Republican who is running for secretary of state in Massachusetts, for example, is apparently playing the long game with an anti-LGBTQ+ and anti-book movement. Per her Facebook page, Campbell is spending her time going to libraries around Massachusetts and taking pictures of Pride Month displays in order to get people outraged, as highlighted over at Book Riot. Because again, how dare LGBTQ+ people write or be centered in books, right? RELATED: School board candidate checks out more than 20 LGBTQ books so kids can't read them during Pride  Campaign Action These posts appear on Campbell’s official Facebook page,...
    There have always been people in Minnesota, as in the rest of the world, who have lived outside perceived norms of gender and sexuality; the words used to name them have just changed over time. The LGBTQIA history of the North Star state, then, is also a history of language and tradition, and of the variations in gender and sexuality that have been (in)visible in different eras. Indigenous identities Before settler-colonists came to present-day Minnesota, Indigenous people understood variations in gender and sexuality in the contexts of their own languages and lifeways. As a result, the identities they claimed were culturally specific. For the many Native people who claim them today, they still are. Though they overlap in some ways with European American terms like gay and transgender, they are not equivalents of those words, and they exist on their own terms. Dakota and Ojibwe traditions both make room for gender-non-normative and same-sex-oriented people, and they support identities that combine gender identity with sexual orientation. Historically, Dakota men who took on women’s roles were called wiŋkte or wiŋkta, an abbreviation of wiŋyanktehca (ones...
    "There's years of research that demonstrate that curriculums that include respect for others regarding their sexual orientation and gender identity are more effective," director of the division of adolescent and school health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Kathleen Ethier stated, according to the Post. "When you make a school environment safe and supportive for the most vulnerable youth, you improve the school environment for everyone." The U.S. government has been celebrating the LGBT movement by recognizing June as so-called pride month. President Joe Biden issued a proclamation declaring "June 2022 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex Pride Month. I call upon the people of the United States to recognize the achievements of the LGBTQI+ community, to celebrate the great diversity of the American people, and to wave their flags of pride high," he said in the proclamation. The Marine Corps issued a tweet that included a graphic featuring bullets with brightly-colored tips, in a nod to the LGBT rainbow symbol. The Air Force also posted a tweet recognizing pride month. Government entities, such as...
    by Alpha News Staff   A Minneapolis preschool teacher who instructs three-year-olds describes themselves as “a bratty queer sl*t here to make other queer sl*ts happy,” generating waves of controversy online. The teacher, Micha, goes by @lostmercreature and @queerhoneybear on TikTok where they post content about being an educator and their “trans/queer” sex life. Micha also posts about their hatred of capitalism and private schools — despite admitting they “work at a private Montessori school.” One video, reposted to Twitter by Libs of TikTok, shows Micha describing the “happy gender euphoria moments” they experience when students affirm their “trans/queer” identity. Trans preschool teacher says he gets his gender identity validation from his 3-year-old students pic.twitter.com/lRcQAPYIWg — Libs of TikTok (@libsoftiktok) May 23, 2022 Micha says they were hired by their current Minneapolis employer without an in-person interview and now enjoys flaunting their sexuality, boasting about how they skirt dress code rules. “Your idea of professionalism is bs,” the teacher wrote. @lostmercreature Your idea of professionalism is bs #transgender #trans #genderqueer #nonbinary #agender #genderfluid #queer #enby #queer #bi #bisexual #gay #lesbian #queerbabe #fat #plussize #fatbabe #bodyacceptance #bipolar #mentalhealth#depression #anxiety...
    Going back to Jake, Anna's spouse, we soon learn he's also dating a person named Rocket — who somehow uses "He/They" pronouns. Anna added that Rocket also is in a long-term relationship with "his girlfriend" as well as a "queer platonic relationship" with yet another partner. Got it? No? Well, here's the clip: @sailorstar New layout just dropped ✨ #polyamory #polyamorous #ethicalnonmonagomy #polycule #polyculelayout #constellation ♬ Grieg - In the Hall of the Mountain King - criskcracker_films How are folks reacting to the video?A cursory look at the initial batch of the video's nearly 2,200 comments seems to indicate viewers generally support the complicated polyamorous relationship. But Libs of TikTok posted the clip, too — and reactions from Twitter users are a bit less charitable: "It’s called you are all swingers. It’s nothing new; you’re just trying to sound important. And also, no thanks!" one commenter wrote. "Sodom and Gomorrah is happening," another user said. "Imagine storming the beaches of Normandy only to have your granddaughter become this lady," another commenter quipped. "We have defined deviance down so far...
    A Virginia legislator is asking the court to restrict Barnes & Noble from selling two books to minors as a lawsuit over the books’ alleged “obscenity” is under review. On Wednesday, a judge in the Virginia Beach Circuit Court issued a ruling that said the books had probable cause to meet the court’s definition of obscene. That preliminary ruling set the stage for Tim Anderson, a Republican lawyer serving in the Virginia House of Delegates, to file for restraining orders against Barnes & Noble and Virginia Beach Schools to prevent them from selling or loaning the book to minors as the case works its way through court. The initial lawsuit alleges that the books, “Gender Queer,” an illustrated memoir by Maia Kobabe and “A Court of Mist and Fury,” a fantasy novel by Sarah J. Maas, are obscene. Anderson filed the suit on behalf of Tommy Altman, a conservative who is running for Congress. The authors of the books have 21 days to respond to the judge’s ruling, as do “all other persons interested in the sale or commercial distribution...
    Virginia Beach School Board Chair Carolyn Rye is directing staff to remove Gender Queer: A Memoir from school libraries, following the recommendation of a work group. “I think the removal of this book is a win for parents and students,” board member Victoria Manning told The Virginia Star. In December, Manning flagged the book for review over graphic content, along with three others: Lawn Boy, A Lesson Before Dying, and Toni Morrison novel The Bluest Eye. The district also reviewed Good Trouble: Lessons from the Civil Rights Playbook and Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out, which Manning flagged because they might have violated the district’s equity policy, according to 10 on Your Side. In a January 28 report, Chief Academic Officer Kipp Rogers summarized the result of six separate review committees, one for each book, composed of students, parents, and staff. In all cases, the committees recommended keeping the books in libraries. The Bluest Eye and A Lesson Before Dying can also be used as supplemental classroom material. One committee member considering Gender Queer originally did not want to keep...
    The National Science Teaching Association held training sessions for Pre-K-12 teachers to inject gender ideology into their classrooms, including referring to their students by their bodily functions to be a “better intersex ally.” One video included in the slide show says that some use language like “people with penises” or “people with vaginas” instead of “male” and “female” or “men” and “women” so as to be “more inclusive” to transgender people. That language, however, is not inclusive to intersex people. Therefore, the video continues, the way to identify and refer to others inclusively is through the bodily functions they can perform, such as “people who can get pregnant,” “people who can get other people pregnant,” and “people who are at risk of testicular cancer.” The training also tells teachers to hide information from parents if students come out to them. “Sex is biological, what a child has been assigned at birth. It’s not always correct and it doesn’t always match with gender identity,” a footnote of the “Queer Your Classroom” slideshow says, arguing that gender does not equal sex. “Gender...
    Target stores, which are no stranger to political controversy, are wading in the waters yet again, collaborating with what has been described as “queer-owned” brands to assist in normalizing radical transgender ideology by selling chest binders — apparel to flatten women’s chests. Target recently collaborated with the brand TomboyX, which identifies itself as a brand that is “passionate about fostering acceptance and equality.” “We are a queer-founded brand dedicated to empowering our LGBTQ+ community year-round, and advocating for equal representation and celebration of all people,” the brand states, offering products for “all bodies and needs, of all sizes and across the gender spectrum.” “Gender Euphoria” is one of its signature collections, and includes “tucking” bikini bottoms as well as “compression” tops, or chest binders.  A brief search on Target’s website shows some of the pieces the department store offers as part of the collaboration, including “pride” packing underwear, “pride” bras, and a $25.00 “compression top,” or chest binder. LGBT activist explains on TikTok (app targeting youth) how young girls can hide chest binders from their parents. pic.twitter.com/aTZWXZXUYM — Libs of...
    The concept is reportedly known as "queerbaiting," and it loosely describes a scenario in which someone adopts the aesthetics of queer culture without committing to identifying with LGBT culture at large. "To critics, queerbaiting allows people a free ride on the aesthetic without the personal difficulties associated with openly identifying as queer in a heteronormative world," EuroNews reported. In Styles' case, queer critics charge that he is benefitting from LGBTQ+ support without publicly coming out as bisexual. See on Instagram One might think that Styles' increasingly outward embrace of the LGBTQ+ movement would be celebrated by those in the camp. But it seems the pop star's Pride flag-waving and extravagant dress-wearing are not enough in the new transgender-crazed world. He needs to reject the heteronormative lifestyle in full or go back to being a normal masculine male. "Translation: I’m a straight man that wants to keep my queerbait marketing strategy," one critic charged. They added: "If he is actually queer it would be more important for him to voice that than keep it ambiguous. People...
    Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Californians have watched with alarm and sadness in recent weeks as lawmakers in the Midwest and South have debated the rights of LGBTQ people within their borders. Among the issues: whether transgender children can play in youth sports leagues or on high school teams, whether teachers can discuss same-sex relationships in the classroom and whether parents who help their children seek gender-affirming care will be investigated for abuse. For many, the debates feel deflating and jarring after years of apparent progress. They fear that the rhetoric and legislation will continue to barrel forward across the country, leading to a clawback of important protections. “Visibility is a double-edged sword,” said Madin Lopez, founder of the nonprofit ProjectQ, which gives free haircuts to unhoused LGBTQ youths in Los Angeles. “The more we show ourselves and stand tall and proud in who we are, the opposition has a direction to point in when they want to say there’s something wrong. The louder we get, the louder they get.” For Robert Gamboa, a gay man who serves as...
    Last week, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, the man responsible for leaving so many children without grandparents and parents, as he allowed the covid to run rampant in the state, decided to drop the gloves. He went straight for the children themselves. On Monday, an excellent day to launch a culture-war bomb into the news cycle, DeSantis signed HB 1557, the "Parental Rights in Education" bill, popularly known by its critics as “Don’t Say Gay.” Passed earlier in March, the law will take effect in July, giving the parents of LGBT children plenty of time to sell their houses and move to another state. What does HB 1557 say? I suggest that you read it for yourself. There is so much more at stake than what to teach children about gender and sexuality. The legislation: Requires district school boards to adopt procedures that comport with certain provisions of law for notifying student's parent of specified information; requires such procedures to reinforce fundamental right of parents to make decisions regarding upbringing & control of their children; prohibits school district...
    A Disney production coordinator has revealed that the company is working to promote transgender and non-binary characters, adding that the company has been 'really open to exploring queer stories.' Allen March was speaking at an internal Disney event as part of the company's 'Reimagine Tomorrow' initiative. The scheme, launched in September, is described by Disney as 'our way of amplifying underrepresented voices and untold stories as well as championing the importance of accurate representation in media and entertainment.' It vows that 50 percent of characters and content would be from underrepresented groups by 2022.  March said he worked on the Marvel comic story Moon Girl, executive produced by Laurence Fishburne, which tells the story of a nine-year-old genius named Lunella Lafayette who forges a telepathic bond with a gigantic dinosaur, after accidentally bringing it into the present through a time vortex. The animated show will run on the Disney Channel this summer, though an exact debut date has not been set. March told the online forum held Monday that he kept a tally of LGBTQ+ characters in the film, in...
    Leftist organization Together Rising is investing money and raising funds to help transgender youth advocacy organizations in Florida after the Sunshine State passed a bill prohibiting gender theory from being taught from kindergarten to third grade. “There’s no such thing as other people’s children,” the group claims, following a longstanding narrative from leftists that children do not belong to their parents, but rather to the community as a whole and are effectively wards of the state. WE SAY GAY. Today, in response to the attack on queer families in Florida, Together Rising is investing $150,000 in three trusted organizations that are creating community and caring for LGBTQIA2S+ youth across Florida. Read our update: https://t.co/NdAOVu4n7Z pic.twitter.com/KvB69aVVme — Together Rising (@togetherrising) March 9, 2022 The communitarian argument for raising children comes directly out of the “Black Lives Matter at School” playbook, which advocates the disruption of the “Western nuclear family” in favor of the “black village.” “Black Villages is the disruption of the Western nuclear family dynamics and a return to the ‘collective village’ that takes care of one another,” the “Black...
    The New York State Department of Education has promoted cartoonist Maia Kobabe’s book, Gender Queer: a Memoir, which reportedly features explicit drawings of teens performing oral sex, among other acts. In a statement, the Department of Education claimed it “was not aware of the graphic nature of the contents of the book, which is not apparent from its title.” Librarian Lauren Moore promoted Kobabe’s phonographic book after the National Education Association’s Read Across America encouraged the New York State Department of Education to enlist librarians across the state to share their favorite books, according to a report by The Post Millennial. In advocating for the book by Kobabe — who uses “e/em/eir” pronouns — Moore wrote that she is “grateful for books that let my kid know they’re not alone.” The official NY State Education Dept Twitter account is promoting a book containing pornographic content for children. pic.twitter.com/r0mQlNIZB9 — Libs of Tik Tok (@libsoftiktok) March 2, 2022 The images in Gender Queer have reportedly angered parents, who were appalled to find graphic depictions of sex acts and apparent encouragement for children to question their gender identity. One...
    Private schools across the country are training teachers to expose kids as young as four years old to sexually explicit content — in secrecy and without parents’ knowledge — directed by the National Association Independent Schools (NAIS) as part of a “queer-inclusive” curriculum. Breitbart News has reviewed an extensive trove of NAIS documents and teacher trainings supplied to private schools nation-wide, which, under the guise of being “queer” and “LGBTQ+ inclusive,” urge the use of graphic sexual material in classes starting at Pre-K. A nearly hour-long training workshop at NAIS’ flagship conference in 2020, reviewed by Breitbart News, features a discussion about how to talk to kids about “gender, and sexuality, and identity,” including how to talk to kids in Pre-K about “their bodies,” “penises and vaginas,” and “what they feel like inside, do they feel like a boy or a girl.” The conference covers how to teach sex, sexuality, and “gender identity” from Pre-K to Grade 8. “Starting in Pre-K we talk about their bodies, the parts that they were born with, about penises and vaginas and whether they make...
    Arizona is no stranger to anti-LGBTQ+ legislation. For example, Republican Sen. Wendy Rogers proposed Senate Bill 1045 to block gender-affirming health care for trans youth and teenagers, such as hormones, as well as forcing teachers, nurses, and any other school staff to tell a minor’s parent about their gender identity. Also proposed by Rogers is Senate Bill 1046, which would bar trans youth from sports at both public and private schools and at all levels. It would also require a medical review of a student’s anatomy to determine sex assigned at birth.  Recently, Republican state Rep. John Kavanagh introduced House Bill 2011, which would effectively require consent from a parent or guardian in order for a student to participate in an LGBTQ+ club at school. And no, this parental consent isn’t required when it comes to other clubs, just the ones for queer students and allies.  The text of the bill says that school districts would be prohibited from allowing any student to participate in “any school student group or club involving sexuality, gender, or gender identity” without the student’s parent providing “written permission”...
    Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) announced Tuesday they would reintroduce books with pornographic and pedophilic material “reaffirming [their] commitment to supporting diversity in literature,” according to a press release. The books, Gender Queer: A Memoir by Maia Kobabe and Lawn Boy by Jonathan Evison, have faced heavy scrutiny from parents who have issues with the graphic depictions of sexual acts in both books, and particularly depictions of sexual acts between adult men and children in Lawn Boy. FCPS temporarily removed the books in September for a committee to review their content, but ultimately reinstated the “highly-regarded and award-winning books,” and claimed, “There is no pedophilia present in” Lawn Boy and Gender Queer: A Memoir, and “neither depicts nor describes pedophilia.” As Breitbart News reported, Gender Queer: A Memoir “contains explicit illustrations of sexual encounters, including oral sex and masturbation, involving children,” while Lawn Boy “contains graphic descriptions of sex between men and children.” Despite FCPS’s denial, the depiction of pedophilic acts appears clear with a graphic illustration of Plato’s Symposium, an important philosophical work but also a manuscript well known for its account...
              more   Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has decided to return two controversial books to its high school library after completing a two-month review launched after a parent complained at a September school board meeting. In a press release, Assistant Superintendent Noel Klimenko said, “I am satisfied that the books were selected according to FCPS regulations and are appropriate to include in libraries that serve high school students. Both books have value beyond their pages for students who may struggle to find relatable stories.” Stacy Langton called out “Lawn Boy: A Novel” and “Gender Queer: A Memoir” in her comments at the school board meeting. “After seeing a September 9th school board meeting in Texas on pornography in the schools, I decided to check the titles at my child’s school — Fairfax High School. The books were available and we checked them out. Both books include pedophilia — sex between men and boys. One book describes a fourth grade boy performing oral sex on an adult male. The other book has detailed illustrations of a man having sex with a...
    A Virginia school system has returned two books to library shelves months after they were removed for being condemned by parents as obscene and pedophilic. The novel Lawn Boy by Jonathan Evison contains graphic descriptions of sexual acts by a 10-year-old, and Gender Queer: A Memoir includes photos of sexual activity between a boy and a man. Fairfax County Public Schools leaders pulled the books for a formal review prompted by complaints that they contained obscene sexual material. But committees of administrators, librarians, parents and students who reviewed both have now determined them to be appropriate for high school readers. Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia has returned two books to library shelves months after they were removed for being condemned by parents as obscene and pedophilic 'Both reviews concluded that the books were valuable in their potential to reach marginalized youth who may struggle to find relatable literary characters that reflect their personal journeys,' according to the news release. One committee found that Lawn Boy includes themes that 'are affirming for students' with marginalized identities. 'There is no pedophilia in the book,' the...
    (CNN)The increasingly heated debate over the presence of certain books in school libraries was aired at an Illinois school board meeting this week.After two objections were made to the presence of "Gender Queer" in the library in the Chicago suburb of Downers Grove, residents and students showed up Monday night to voice their opinions on the book by Maia Kobabe.Some attendees held up signs saying "No Porn" and posters showing graphic illustrations from the coming-of-age memoir about gender and sexuality, while several students and parents spoke in defense of the book, saying it should be available in the library -- and that nobody was forced to read it.Texas governor is asking agencies for new standards to shield children from obscene content in schools"Gender Queer" has become a recent target of some politicians and community members. Earlier this month, Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott called on the state's school boards to remove books he described as "pornography" after at least two state lawmakers asked officials to investigate books in schools -- including "Gender Queer."Downers Grove student Josiah Poynter, an 18-year-old senior, said...
    Students are clapping back after a book about sexual orientation and gender identity sparked a protest at a Chicago-area high school board meeting Monday night. Conservatives lined up to demand that Gender Queer—a coming-of-age book about gender indentity—be pulled from the library at Downers Grove District 99 High School, where only two copies are reportedly accessible for a student population of nearly 5,000. However, students called BS on complaints that the book peddles pornography and sexually explicit content. Instead, they turned the tables on what they said were attacks on homosexuality and free speech. Nearly 200 people attended the school board meeting in Downers Grove that quickly erupted into a book boycott fight, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. Those opposed to the book held signs and banners expressing their disgust, claiming that the book exposed children to homoeroticism and pornography. Before the meeting even began, one unnamed parent told the Chicago Sun-Times that having Gender Queer available to high school students was “sick” and “teaches kids how to be gay.” Terry Newsome, a father who had two kids at Downers,...
    (CNN)Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, called on the state's school boards to remove books he described as "pornography," a move that comes after at least two state lawmakers have asked officials to investigate books in schools. Abbot's letter, sent to the Texas Association of School Boards on Monday, did not cite a specific book that contains what he described as "pornography." Last week, Texas Republican lawmaker, Jeff Cason, released a statement calling on the state's Attorney General to investigate books he also described as "pornography." In his statement, he singled out the graphic novel "Gender Queer" by Maia Kobabe.This is not the first time Kobabe's book and other LGBTQ books are targeted by politicians and community members. Read MoreAnother district in Keller, a city in Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, removed Kobabe's book after receiving complaints that it contained "inappropriate images.""Illustrations of this sort should never be available in the school environment. Ensuring our curricular materials are appropriate for students is a priority for Keller ISD. We are changing the process we use to review and approve books and...
    Asra Nomani showcased some rather bizarre books during a panel discussion of concerned Virginia voters on Fox & Friends Tuesday morning. Nomani is a former reporter for the Wall Street Journal and, lately, has become a vocal activist on the issue of parent’s rights on education reform and a frequent guest on Fox News. Wearing a shirt that read ‘Mama and Papa Bear Movement’ Nomani responded to a question from host Ainsley Earhardt on whether Critical Race Theory (CRT) is being taught in “our schools.” Depending on one’s perspective, CRT is either a graduate-level curriculum that discusses the long-term effects of systemic racism in American culture, or it’s dangerously teaching young children that it’s bad to be white. Or something. Either way, it’s become a very effective political wedge issue seeing as the Republican candidate for Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin now appears to be a slight favorite, in large part due to this issue. But I digress… Nomani confirmed that CRT was being taught in the schools (shocker!) the proceeded to show off books designed to illustrate what she clearly...
    A gay speaker at a school board meeting in Florida was removed by security for reading a vulgar passage of a highly sexualized book available in the district's high school libraries. In a video shared by an attendee of the meeting, Chair of Orange County Schhol Board Teresa Jacobs is heard instructing police officers to remove Jacob Engel, 27 after he read an excerpt from 'Gender Queer: A memoir.' 'I'm going to read a passage of a book that's floating around in your schools that has been banned from many other schools,' Engels begins saying. 'As a member of the LGBT community, the fact that this is floating around for children as young as ninth grade is concerning,' he added. Scroll down for video  Jacob Engel, 27 was removed from the board meeting after he read an excerpt from 'Gender Queer: A memoir' Four copies of the 'Gender Queer' by Maia Kobabe were in three of the Orange County School Board's 22 high schools 'As a member of the LGBT community, the fact that this is floating around for children...
                        A Catholic university in Minnesota is among several schools and libraries around the country encouraging students and children to read a controversial book that may include child pornography. “June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month,” the website for Saint Benedict Saint John’s University (SBSJU) says. “This month-long celebration demonstrates how LGBTQ Americans have strengthened our country, by using their talent and creativity to help create awareness and goodwill.” It then provides a reading list for students. The first book on that list is called “Gender Queer: A Memoir,” authored by Maia Kobabe. The book and its author are described thusly: In 2014, Maia Kobabe, who uses e/em/eir pronouns, thought that a comic of reading statistics would be the last autobiographical comic e would ever write. At the time, it was the only thing e felt comfortable with strangers knowing about em. Then came Gender Queer. Maia’s intensely cathartic graphic autobiography charts eir journey of self-identity, which includes the mortification and confusion of adolescent crushes, grappling...
    More On: Emma Corrin Harry Styles kisses Emma Corrin on the set of ‘My Policeman’ ‘The Crown’ star Emma Corrin once kept a woman’s clothes to ‘sniff’ ‘The Crown’ stars Emma Corrin and Josh O’Connor match at Golden Globes 2021 ‘The Crown’ star Emma Corrin talks playing Princess Diana in British GQ Hype Emma Corrin, known for playing Princess Diana in “The Crown,” is still figuring out their gender identity. “I think visibility is key with these things. My journey has been a long one and has still got a long way to go. I think we are so used to defining ourselves,” the actor, 25, said on ITV’s “Granda Reports” Thursday. They continued, “That’s the way society works within these binaries, and it’s taken me a long time to realize that I exist somewhere in between, and I’m still not sure where that is yet.” Corrin did say that they were hesitant at first to speak publicly about their gender, but they were ultimately met with love and acceptance. “I wasn’t sure whether it was the right thing to...
    Emma Corrin starred in "The Crown." Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP Emma Corrin previously described themselves as "queer" in an Instagram post. Their Instagram bio has the preferred pronouns "she/they." Corrin has now said they are still figuring out where they are in terms of queer identity. Business Insider: A daily selection of curated stories Loading Something is loading. Email address By clicking ‘Sign up’, you agree to receive marketing emails from Insider as well as other partner offers and accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Emma Corrin has said that they aren't sure where they place in terms of gender identity. "The Crown" star, who played Princess Diana in the fourth season of the hit Netflix show, has previously said they are queer in an Instagram post. But now, Corrin opened up in an interview with ITV News and explained that they feel they still have to figure out where they place in terms of gender identity. "I think visibility is key with these things. I've felt it, because my journey has been a long one...
    (CNN)Lil Nas X, the 22-year-old juggernaut known by most for "Old Town Road," is in prison. He's in the shower, naked -- save for some humble pixelation -- and twerking, surrounded by eight male backup dancers. And he seems to be having the time of his life.It's the most provocative moment of the video for the music wunderkind's latest hit single, "Industry Baby," a song that chronicles his rise to the top and raises a giddy middle finger to his naysayers. The video provoked extreme reactions: some loved it for its catchy, trumpet-heavy tune and the focus on a smirking and glistening Lil Nas X. But others were outraged by the gay, Grammy Award-winning pop star for offending them with the video's homoeroticism. Homophobic backlash erupted on social media -- and it didn't stop there. MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - JULY 25: DaBaby performs on stage during Rolling Loud at Hard Rock Stadium on July 25, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)In the same week, rapper DaBaby was recorded insulting gay men and sharing misinformation about...
    THE LGBTQ+ community is now stronger than ever. As the stigma surrounding the LGBTQ+ community lessens, more people feel comfortable expressing their sexuality. 3The LGBTQ+ is a growing communityCredit: Reuters What is the plus in LGBTQ+? The original acronym LGBTQ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer or Questioning. The + in LGBTQ+ stands for all the other members associated with the LGBTTTQQIAA community. LGBTTTQQIAA stands for: Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Transsexxual 2/Two-Spirit Queer Questioning Intersex Asexual Ally The + includes the sexualities: Pansexual Agender Gender Queer Bigender Gender Variant Pangender 3Pride month is every JuneCredit: EPA What do the sexualities mean in the LGBTQ+ community? The LGBTQ+ community is filled with people who define themselves as a different sexuality other than heterosexual. According to the OK2BME organization, the definitions of the different sexualities are: Lesbian- a female homosexual who has sexual attractions or feelings towards other females Gay- a male homosexual who has sexual attractions or feelings towards other males Bisexual- A...
    Kids cartoon's lack of gender diversity parallels underrepresentation behind the scenes. Queer women, trans, and nonbinary creatives are pushing for representation. It often comes at a very personal cost as, at times, the industry isn't welcoming. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. When Noelle Stevenson, the nonbinary lesbian showrunner of "She-Ra and the Princesses of Power" rebooted the 80s classic into one of the queerest shows on TV, Stevenson inadvertently waded into a complex debate about what is good and bad representation.  Despite featuring at least 23 LGBTQ characters, including kids animation's first known trans male, Jewelstar, the show's nonbinary shapeshifting alien Double Trouble was met with equal amounts praise and pushback.   Some fans criticized the character's role as a villain and yet another representation of a nonbinary character whose gender nonconformity was conflated with literal "alienness."  According to Insider's database, transgender and nonbinary characters are increasingly being represented within animated kids' shows. But just 5% of the 259 LGBTQ characters Insider identified as human or a human-hybrid, compared to 49% of cisgender characters.  Stevenson told Insider that...
    The identities in the LGBTQIA acronym — lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual — are relatively recent inventions. This might at first suggest that people representing each of those categories did not exist before the development of the terms themselves. But there have always been people in Minnesota, as in the rest of the world, who have lived outside perceived norms of gender and sexuality; the words used to name them have just changed over time. The LGBTQIA history of the North Star State, then, is also a history of language and tradition, and of the variations in gender and sexuality that have been (in)visible in different eras. Article continues after advertisement Indigenous identities Before settler-colonists came to present-day Minnesota, Indigenous people understood variations in gender and sexuality in the contexts of their own languages and lifeways. As a result, the identities they claimed were culturally specific. For the many Native people who claim them today, they still are. Though they overlap in some ways with European American terms like gay and transgender, they are not equivalents of...
    You Can Get New Cheesy Potato Tots That Are Shaped Like Baby Yoda Kamilla Cardoso Becomes 12th Syracuse Womens Basketball Player to Enter Transfer Portal © The London Social/Instagram; Inset: Getty The design depicts a young person standing in front of a mirror in tighty whitey underwear and high heels Sam Smith just added a meaningful tattoo to their collection. Tattoo artist Miles Langford of London Social Tattoo debuted Smith's design on Instagram, sharing a photo of the pair posing together as well as a black-and-white close-up of the new ink with the caption, "@samsmith thank you! Swipe to see their new tattoo from @mileslangford." The tattoo, located on Smith's right bicep, depicts a young person standing in front of a mirror in tighty whitey underwear and high heels. First spotted by Page Six, the ink seems to be a tribute to the "Dancing with a Stranger" singer's non-binary gender identity. © Provided by People The London Social/Instagram "i love this!!! ???????? what an honour it must have been to tattoo them ????" one person wrote on Instagram of Smith (who...
    (CNN)JoJo Siwa went public with being a member of the LGBTQ+ community in January and now she's opening up even more. In a cover story with People, the 17-year-old social media star who sells out arenas said she initially didn't want to "label" herself but was happily in a relationship with girlfriend Kylie Prew, 18, and was out to family and friends."I still don't know what I am. It's like, I want to figure it out. And I have this joke. Her name is Kylie. And so I say that I'm Ky-sexual," Siwa said. "But like, I don't know, bisexual, pansexual, queer, lesbian, gay, straight." JoJo Siwa says her perfect girlfriend encouraged her to come out "I always just say gay because it just kind of covers it or queer because I think the keyword is cool," she added.Siwa further explained how she identifies.Read More"I like queer," she said. "Technically I would say that I am pansexual because that's how I have always been my whole life is just like, my human is my human."Siwa is not the first celeb...
    Some government schools are celebrating “Black Lives Matter at School Week” using lesson plan “resources” from Black Lives Matter (BLM) that teach children as young as kindergarten age the culture of white, heterosexual people from traditional families led by a father and mother, must be overturned. Lots of news on #MLKDay2021! Check it out: —The relaunch of the Curriculum Resource Guide: https://t.co/BPbYv8IqM9—QUEER AFFIRMING / QUEER ORGANIZING Year Of Purpose Resource Share: https://t.co/jI0qSJy7pR—2021 Student Creative Challenge: https://t.co/scQyRk9DBy#BLMAtSchool pic.twitter.com/J8ygZjpc4O — Black Lives Matter At School (@BLMAtSchool) January 18, 2021 Seattle KTTH 770 conservative talker Jason Rantz wrote Wednesday that Seattle Public Schools (SPS) is celebrating Black Lives Matter at School Week as black history month gets underway, during which kindergarten-age children are taught “radical, political agendas” on gender identity and about disrupting the “nuclear family structure.” Seattle Public Schools will spend this week promoting Black Lives Matter lessons to students. Teachers are encouraged to offer their opinions. The intent? To push a liberal agenda. I stopped by the @FaulknerFocus with @HARRISFAULKNER for analysis. pic.twitter.com/k3bCqOEuJW — (((Jason Rantz))) on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) February...
    “I want to see America be what she says she is in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. America, be what you proclaim yourself to be!” The words from lawyer, writer, activist, and, in a late-life twist, priest Pauli Murray open the new documentary aptly named My Name Is Pauli Murray, a rousing crash-course introduction to the life and legacy of a trailblazer history books have largely overlooked. It’s a resonant message, as applicable when Murray first penned the patriotic plea decades ago as it is now, at a crossroads time for a country still grappling with many of the same issues that motivated Murray’s lifelong fight.NEWSLETTERSThe Daily Beast’s ObsessedEverything we can’t stop loving, hating, and thinking about this week in pop culture.SubscribeBy Clicking "Subscribe" you agree to have read the Terms of Use and Privacy PolicyWe’re long overdue for an education on Murray’s work; in addition to having influenced and inspired the careers of Thurgood Marshall and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court rulings as recent as last year were decided based on the legal framework they created. There...
    Oscar-winning actress Tilda Swinton was just looking for her “queer circus.” In a new interview with British Vogue, Swinton, 60, said that her definition of queer was not confined to gender or sexuality, but for her, “to do with sensibility.” “I always felt I was queer – I was just looking for my queer circus, and I found it,” she told the mag, adding, “And having found it, it’s my world.” Citing directors she has worked with, Swinton continued, “Now I have a family with Wes Anderson, I have a family with Bong Joon-ho, I have a family with Jim Jarmusch, I have a family with Luca Guadagnino, with Lynne Ramsay, with Joanna Hogg.” The actress gained acclaim for the 1992 title role in “Orlando,” based on a Virginia Woolf novel, which allowed her to explore androgyny and gender presentation. She also worked with director and gay rights activist Derek Jarman on the 1986 film “Caravaggio,” which depicted gay love scenes.  Swinton shares 23-year-old twins with ex John Byrne and has been linked to German artist Sandro...
    Analysis Ernest Cline’s Ready Player Two was released Tuesday, and with it comes bizarre pop culture references to everything from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy to Ranma ½. But one viral passage from Ready Player Two has queer and transgender Twitter users scratching their heads: The book’s main character says he’s had “straight and gay and nonbinary sex.” Hide During Ready Player Two, protagonist Wade Watts spies on user data for a fellow gamer named L0hengrin. L0hengrin is an OASIS Neural Interface (ONI) user, or a virtual reality-like user engaged in a massively multiplayer online simulation. While peering into L0hengrin’s private user profile, Wade discovers that her real name is Skylar Castillo Adkins and that she is transgender. The passage itself is invasive: Wade outs Skylar by examining her private user data’s personal information, and when he finds out Skylar is transgender, he says it’s a “surprise.” Hide “Her school records included a scan of her birth certificate, which revealed another surprise. She’d been DMAB—designated male at birth,” Wade says. “Discovering this minor detail didn’t send me spiraling...
    Out of crisis, creativity. Director of vocal pedagogy at the University of Colorado Boulder John Seesholtz and Houston-based musicologist Matthew J. Jones will present Music and HIV/AIDS — A Look at Then and Now, an interdisciplinary discussion via Zoom at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, October 12. During the free event, they'll look at the intersection of music and the HIV/AIDS crisis. "I think that it is very important that we have this discussion about the AIDS epidemic as we face our current COVID pandemic," Seesholtz says. "There are several parallels in the USA, as many in our sphere have become enraged about the idea of wearing masks, as well as a stigma in the religious community as lines have been blurred between politics and religion. The fear and anxiety of those facing HIV and AIDS in the 1980s and early ’90s are not widespread among many communities across the globe. I believe history allows us to learn and to find empathy in loss and struggle."Related Stories Glitter Bomb: Sasha Geffen's Queer Take on Pop Music and Gender Wheelchair Sports Camp's New Song Shoots Back...
    Editor’s note: What follows is an excerpt from Abigail Shrier’s new book “Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters” (available here at Barnes and Noble). Shrier investigates the increasing rate at which young girls are coming out as transgender and the ways in which these girls are enticed into the trans community. Benji is one of a growing number of young women uniquely capable of warning girls in the grips of gender fever that it might be a good idea to turn back. But Benji doesn’t believe she merely avoided personal calamity. What she escaped — she insists — was a cult. Like a lot of the young women who suddenly identify as trans, Benji was both an intellectually precocious and highly anxious girl. At five she began playing the violin and took to it immediately, soon adding harp, piano, and viola. She was a voracious reader, but at nine, she began developing breasts, which made her terribly uncomfortable and self-conscious. She became anorexic, sometimes passing out in class. Her parents bought her Ensure and begged her to eat....
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