A poster featured at a Harvard display of Act Up radical homosexual material, an event supported by Obama Safe Schools chief Kevin Jennings
The chief of President Obama’s Education Department Office of Safe Schools, homosexual activist Kevin Jennings, is being credited for helping sponsor a Harvard University display honoring the work of the radical homosexual organization Act Up.
WND reported just days ago when Mass Resistance, a pro-family organization in Massachusetts that has battled over homosexual-agenda points there, reported that Jennings was a part of that organization, known for its aggressive badgering of those who don’t support the homosexual lifestyle.
A YouTube video revealed Jeff Davis, Jennings’ “partner,” addressing a banquet and saying of Jennings, “He was a member of Act Up. Act Up! So it’s like – you know – here’s a big gay activist. BIG gay activist!”
The video was pulled down shortly after the WND report appeared.
Now the advertising for the Harvard exhibition: “Act Up New York: Activism, Art, and the AIDS Crisis, 1987-1993,” credits Kevin Jennings with others including Fred P. Hockberg and Tom Healy, Open Gate and the Barbara Lee Family Foundation for “gifts and grants” used for the project.
The display included dozens of “politically-charged posters, stickers and other visual media that emerged during a pivotal moment of AIDS activism in New York City,” according to a website promoting the effort.
Among those organizations displaying their work was “Fierce Pussy,” which featured a poster of a toddler labeled “Dyke.”
“Pairing text and image with penetrating anger and searing wit, Act Up’s art collectives targeted specific individuals and institutions at the local and national level, advocated for safer sex and gay and lesbian rights and galvanized broadband support for the AIDS activism movement,” the promotion states.
That group also was being featured as four “central members” will participate in a 3-day activism and print media workshop, the announcement said.
“The exhibit includes horrible anti-Catholic bigotry, child pornography and various descriptions and depictions of sexual perversion. It also includes posters accusing various public officials of murder during the AIDS crisis of the 1980s and 1990s and a call to terrorize offices of the National Institute of Health,” wrote Mass Resistance in its report on the event.
A member of the Mass Resistance group attended the event, which runs into December, when it opened just days ago.
“It was extremely disturbing. This exhibit is a ‘celebration’ of anger, terrorism, religious bigotry and sexual deviance. It’s considered a serious mainstream event by the elite academic and homosexual communities. In many ways it’s a window into what the homosexual movement – including many who teach in colleges and high schools across the country – thinks of children, America, religion, society and you,” the report said.
“For any public official to be involved with this and funding it (much less a person in charge of directing the nation’s children’s ‘safety’) is beyond offensive. It’s every parent’s nightmare,” the report said.
The website posted or linked several pages of reports on the event, but warned that they are “offensive and pornographic.”
The group also reported that Jennings’ book, “One Teacher in Ten,” about homosexual teachers, was published by Alyson Books, which describes itself as “the world’s oldest and largest publisher of LGBT literature.”
Among the titles featured on the website are “Women of the Bite: Lesbian Vampire Erotica,” “New Essential Guide to Gay and Lesbian Weddings,” “Sordid Truths” and “Body Count.”
The website confirmed one of its projects was “One Teacher in Ten.”
According to the pro-family organization Americans For Truth About Homosexuality, Jennings already was “under fire for praising his hero, early homosexual activist Harry Hay, despite Hay’s longtime, dedicated support of the North American Man/Boy Love Association.”
According to “The Marketing of Evil,” by WND’s David Kupelian, Act Up was extreme from its outset:
The defiant, storm-trooper tactics of in-your-face groups like ACT-UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) may or may not have been successful in pressuring the federal government to increase its commitment to combating AIDS. But such tactics definitely were successful in giving activist homosexuals a very bad name.
One infamous incident was the assault on New York’s famed St. Patrick’s Cathedral on December 10, 1989. While Cardinal John O’Connor presided over the 10:15 Sunday morning Mass, a multitude of “pro-choice” and “gay rights” activists protested angrily outside. Some, wearing gold-colored robes similar to clerical vestments, hoisted a large portrait of a pornographically altered frontal nude portrait of Jesus.
“You bigot, O’Connor, you’re killing us!” screamed one protester, while signs called the archbishop “Murderer!”
Then it got really ugly. Scores of protesters entered the church, resulting in what many in the packed house of parishioners described as a “nightmare.”
“The radical homosexuals turned a celebration of the Holy Eucharist into a screaming babble of sacrilege by standing in the pews, shouting and waving their fists, tossing condoms into the air,” recounted the New York Post. One of the invaders grabbed a consecrated wafer and threw it to the ground.
Outside, demonstrators, many of them members of ACT-UP, carried placards that summed up their sentiments toward the Catholic Church: “Keep your church out of my crotch.” “Keep your rosaries off my ovaries.” “Eternal life to Cardinal John O’Connor NOW!” “Curb your dogma.”
Clearly, the young movement was flirting with oblivion if it persisted in such ugly, indefensible tactics. It needed a new, more civilized direction if it ever hoped to convince Americans that homosexuality was a perfectly normal alternative lifestyle.
According to Mass Resistance research assembled by Amy Contrada, the Act Up organization also:
- Staged a “die-in” at Massachusetts General Hospital to protest the unavailability of pneumocystic-pneumonia drug aerosolized pentamidine.
- Protested Astra Pharmaceutical Products’ refusal to release the experimental antiviral drug Foscarnet.
- Disrupted opening night at the San Francisco Opera.
- Protested design of clinical trials planned by Harvard School of Medicine.
- Jammed phone lines of health-insurance database company protesting their use of “sexual deviation” classification.
- Halted Boston’s trolley service and traffic in front of Harvard School of Public Health to press the federal government into approving two new AIDS drugs.
Act Up also has covered Sen. Jesse Helms’ house with a “giant condom” and threw ashes of dead AIDS patients on the White House lawn, the report said.
Members of Congress have written to Obama demanding he dismiss Jennings following WND disclosures about his past, including an incident in which he counseled a 15-year-old student to keep quiet about being seduced by an older man.
Jennings says now he should have handled the situation while he was a teacher involving the sexually active student “differently,” but the statement from Jennings failed to express “regret.”
Jennings also wrote the foreword for a book called “Queering Elementary Education: Advancing the Dialogue about Sexualities and Schooling.”
Another incident in his organization’s past is the “fistgate” scandal in which his organization led discussions at a seminar where “young teens were guided on how to perform dangerous homosexual perversions including ‘fisting.'”
Yet another issue arose over Jennings’ address in a New York City church on March 20, 2000. He said:
“Twenty percent of people are hard-core fair-minded [pro-homosexual] people. Twenty percent are hard-core [anti-homosexual] bigots. We need to ignore the hard-core bigots, get more of the hard-core fair-minded people to speak up, and we’ll pull that 60 percent [of people in the middle] over to our side. That’s really what I think our strategy has to be. We have to quit being afraid of the religious right. We also have to quit – I’m trying to find a way to say this. I’m trying not to say, ‘[F—] ’em!’ which is what I want to say, because I don’t care what they think! [audience laughter] Drop dead!”
Messages WND has left with Jennings’ office never have been returned.