A pro-family organization is reporting a publisher of “gay erotica” sought out Kevin Jennings, who heads President Obama’s office of Safe Schools in the Department of Education, to write a book aimed at encouraging homosexuality in high schools and colleges.
The result was “Becoming Visible,” which opens with, “Why teach gay and lesbian history? … Indeed, as lesbian and gay studies has emerged as a discipline over the last two decades, its dramatic discoveries have shown it to be one of the most exciting fields in contemporary historical scholarship.”
Researchers at Mass Resistance reported Sasha Alyson of Alyson Publications sought out Jennings to do the book.
In Jennings’ acknowledgments for the book, he writes, “Writing this part of the book has caused me more anxiety than any other. It simply is not possible to express my gratitude to the many people who have helped make this book possible. … With apologies to anyone omitted, here we go! The obvious place to begin is with Alyson Publications. First, Sasha Alyson had the vision to conceive of this project, and I had the good luck to be the person he sought out to complete it. I am deeply appreciative of being afforded this opportunity.”
The Mass Resistance report said, “If you peruse the collection on the Alyson website, it’s mostly porn – ‘erotica.’ What is fascinating is the categories. Now, publishers only print what sells, so this is a good reflection, one might think, of what sells in the ‘gay’ community.
“They have very full collections under ‘gay erotica’ and ‘lesbian erotica,’ but only a few offerings under ‘relationships’ and under ‘self-help,’ we find this: ‘Boy Crazy: Why Monogamy is So Hard for Gay Men and What You Can Do About it.'”
The publishing firm, which created “Daddy’s Roommate” and “Heather Has Two Mommies,” also has promoted “Macho Sluts”; “The Age Taboo,” an anthology of arguments for pedophilia; and “Pedophilia: The Radical Case,” the report said.
“It’s outrageous that the same company that markets books that condition children to accept homosexuality also peddles instructions on how pedophiles can have sex with children without getting caught,” said Lambda Report editor Peter LaBarbera, now of Americans For Truth.
When asked by the Lambda Report about the pedophile references, Alyson responded, “I think it’s something that is a legitimate area for exploration,” the report said.
Just days ago, it was reported Jennings’ organization, called GLSEN for “Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network,” has included in one of its “lesson plans” for school children a recommendation for the film “Gay Pioneers.”
The lesson plan describes “Gay Pioneers” as “a documentary focused on the first public protests for equal rights for gay and lesbian people, staged at governmental offices and historic landmarks in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. between 1965 and 1969, through archival footage and interviews with the participants who are still living.”
The report suggests many parents might be surprised, however, to have their children being given messages of endorsement for the activities of Franklin Kameny, Jack Nichols, Nancy Tucker or Randolfe Wicker.
Kameny, for example, is “founder and president of National Consumers Association for the Advancement and Protection of Pornography, Inc.,” the report said. And the report also cited the movie’s portrayal of Nichols, who edited the pornographic magazine “Screw.”
Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League wrote, “On September 23, I wrote a news release on the curious moral credentials of Kevin Jennings to be President Obama’s Safe Schools Czar: a former drug user and irresponsible teen counselor, he is also a Christian basher.
“What was not known at the time is that he is also a proud member of Act Up, the homosexual urban terrorist group that broke into St. Patrick’s Cathedral (in New York City) in 1989 and disrupted Mass; the Eucharist was desecrated and obscene depictions of Cardinal O’Connor were posted,” he continued.
“Now a group called MassResistance, and the website WorldNetDaily, have exposed Jennings as a member of Act Up. And he is no mere member: Jennings is listed as a donor to a sick display, ‘Act Up New York: Activism, Art, and the AIDS Crisis, 1987-1993,’ currently featured at the Harvard Art Museum. Harvard, of course, would never feature a display of Klan paraphernalia and say it was being done for the purpose of ‘dialogue,'” he said.
“The real story here is not the corruption of Harvard – that’s old hat – the real story is the president of the United States choosing a morally challenged anti-Catholic homosexual to join his team. That Jennings belongs to, and sponsors, an urban terrorist organization, should alone disqualify him from public service at a municipal level. And remember, Obama did not choose him to monitor global cooling – he was chosen to instruct youth on moral matters,” Donohue said.
“Catholics deserve to know why Obama likes Jennings.”
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 removed shortly after the WND report appeared, but Mass Resistance makes it available on the Internet.
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 by Amy Contrada, the Act Up organization also:
- Staged a “die in” at Massachusetts General Hospital to protest the unavailability of PCP drug AP.
- 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.
Messages WND left with Jennings’ office have not been returned.