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EDITOR’S NOTE: The following includes descriptions of adult themes and objectional subject material.
A new report is raising alarms that the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network, a homosexual advocacy organization founded by Kevin Jennings, now head of the U.S. Office of Safe Schools for the Obama administration, is recommending XXX-rated sex writings for children as young as preschoolers.
“We were unprepared for what we encountered. Book after book after book contained stories and anecdotes that weren’t merely X-rated and pornographic, but which featured explicit descriptions of sex acts between preschoolers; stories that seemed to promote and recommend child-adult sexual relationships; stories of public masturbation, anal sex in restrooms, affairs between students and teachers, five-year-olds playing sex games, semen flying through the air,” said the report.
“One memoir even praised becoming a prostitute as a way to increase one’s self-esteem. Above all, the books seemed to have less to do with promoting tolerance than with an unabashed attempt to indoctrinate students into a hyper-sexualized worldview,” it advised.
The team whose members assembled the report said a handful of books from the more than 100 titles on GLSEN’s recommended reading list for school children were picked randomly. Writings were reviewed with titles such as “Queer 13,” “Being Different,” “The Full Spectrum,” “Revolutionary Voices,” “Reflections of a Rock Lobster,” “Passages of Pride,” “Growing Up Gay–Growing Up Lesbian,” “The Order of the Poison Oak,” “In Your Face,” “Mama’s Boy, Preacher’s Son” and “Love & Sex: Ten Stories of Truth.”
“What we discovered shocked us. We were flabbergasted. Rendered speechless,” the report said.
“Read the passages … and judge for yourself … The language is explicit, the intent is clear,” the report said.
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.”
WND also has reported concerns by Mission America over subject material in books recommended by GLSEN for school children.
The group’s Linda Harvey warned, “GLSEN believes the early sexualization of children can be beneficial. This means that virtually any sexual activity as well as exposure to graphic sexual images and material, is not just permissible but good for children, as part of the process of discovering their sexuality.”
Her report cited one passage from a book recommended for students in grades 7-12: “I released his arms. They glided around my neck, pulling my head down to his. I stretched full length on top of him, our heads touching. Our heavy breathing from the struggle gradually subsided. I felt …”
What follows in “Growing Up Gay–Growing Up Lesbian” by Malcolm Boyd is a “graphic description” of a homosexual encounter.
The new report posted on Gateway Pundit explained the material is what GLSEN wants children to read and learn about.
“GLSEN’s stated mission is to empower gay youth in the schools and to stop harassment by other students. It encourages the formation of Gay Student Alliances and condemns the use of hateful words. GLSEN also strives to influence the educational curriculum to include materials which the group believes will increase tolerance of gay students and decrease bullying,” the report said.
“To that end, GLSEN maintains a recommended reading list of books that it claims ‘furthers our mission to ensure safe schools for all students,’” the report said. “In other words, these are the books that GLSEN’s directors think all kids should be reading: gay kids should read them to raise their self-esteem, and straight kids should read them in order to become more aware and tolerant and stop bullying gay kids.”
The organization also offers online links to buy the books.
“We can only vouch for what’s in these 11 books, since these are the only ones we’ve read through,” the report said. “Are there other books on the GLSEN reading list that are similarly outrageous? We can’t say for sure, but it seems very likely.”
The review team said the issue isn’t about homosexuality or censorship.
“It’s about deciding what constitutes appropriate reading material for children. We’re perfectly OK with these books existing and being read by adults; we only start to worry when these books are assigned to children,” the report said.
“According to Kevin Jennings and GLSEN, books about a 13-year-old getting ‘my c— sucked and my a– f—–’ are not just acceptable, they’re highly recommended.”
The website notes, “All BookLink items are reviewed by GLSEN staff for quality and appropriateness of content.”
Most of the objectionable excerpts cited in the report cannot be included in a WND report. But among the mildest:
From “Reflections of a Rock Lobster”: “My sexual exploits with my neighborhood playmates continued. I lived a busy homosexual childhood, somehow managing to avoid venereal disease through all my toddler years. By first grade I was sexually active with many friends. In fact, a small group of us regularly met in the grammar school lavatory.”
An illustration in “Revolutionary Voices” shows two Boy Scouts pointing at and looking at two adult men engaged in sex.
From “Queer 13″: “Soon I was spending a great deal of time hanging out in shopping malls and cruising the rest rooms for sexual encounters.”
The report includes links to the original GLSEN promotions of the various books.
On the blog, a forum page participant wrote, “I can, with all confidence, say that’s pornography and IMHO not fit for adults let alone children. If you want to destroy a society, this is how you would do it.”
“Why is this ——- in the position he is in in the Obama Administration? Obama? Explanation needed. Obama? Waiting … waiting … waiting,” said another.
“After scrolling through that rubbish that seemed to go on forever, I actually saw a positive aspect to being illiterate,” said another.
It also has been reported Jennings’ organization has included in one of its “lesson plans” for schoolchildren 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 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 has left with Jennings’ office during its coverage of these issues never have been returned.