Tuesday, February 21, 2023

FL school district bans three books, including one about 'gay penguins'

'And Tango Makes Three' is the latest of book banning

This nonsense about "protecting kids" by banning books is going to continue until folks recognize just stupid it is. And I hope that we are getting very close to that level.

From wuwf 881 - NPR for Florida's Great Northwest

The Escambia County School Board voted to remove three books from school libraries last night in a meeting that ran over four hours. The books in question had already gone through the district’s committee review process and had been voted unanimously to stay on the shelves in school libraries. But multiple challenges brought the books into an appeal process. 

 In a packed room, dozens of parents and concerned citizens spoke about the books which include “All Boys Aren’t Blue” by George Johnson, “And Tango Makes Three” by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, and “When Aiden Became a Brother” by Kyle Lukoff.

Indeed, all three books discussed in Monday’s special meeting dealt with LGBTQ themes and characters. None of the books were part of classroom curriculum but were offered in age-appropriate libraries for students to read at will. 

 "All Boys Aren't Blue" has been attacked in many places for graphic sexual content which some have claimed others have simply cherry-picked.

 "When Adrian Became a Brother" is a children's book about a transgender child becoming a big brother.

 The third book, "And Tango Makes Three," underscores just how ridiculous and dishonest this book banning crusade is. It's simply about two male penguins who raise a chick. It's a wonderful story about differences in families, but to some folks it's the latest proof of so-called LGBTQ indoctrination of children. And of course that includes inferences of sexual activity, which is ridiculous because while one book has a little sexual content, the other two have none.

 "And Tango Makes Three" is about penguins, for goodness sakes. What kind of freaky nonsense are some of these folks thinking

We all know what this is really about. No matter how many of us they see, how many of us they claim to know personally, and how many of our families surround them every say, some people are determined to pigeonhole LGBTQ people into a false designation of sexual activity. As if all LGBTQ people is have sex and think about ways to have sex, when we aren't attempting convert kids, that is.

And it's not enough for them to feel that way on a personal level. They attempt to force that designation on us, no matter who far from it we actually are. It's not enough for them to peek into closets. They are also trying to shove us into the closets.