The author of the book titled ‘Gender Queer’, one of the controversial LGBTQ+ materials featuring explicit images that has cropped up again and again in schools has stated that the book is not meant to be available for young children.
Maia Kobabe, who identifies as non-binary told the Washington Post that her book is aimed at “older teens,” not kindergarten aged kids.
“It keeps being called a children’s book … but I think that’s coming from a misreading of the comic-book form. ‘Gender Queer’ is a comic, and in full color, but that doesn’t mean it’s for children,” Kobabe stated.
“I originally wrote it for my parents, and then for older teens who were already asking these questions about themselves. I don’t recommend this book for kids!” she said in the interview published last week.
The comments come after GOP Senator John Kennedy read aloud graphic excerpts during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing:
Sen. Kennedy reads passages from pornographic books Genderqueer and All Boys are Blue.
The Illinois Sec. of State Alexi Giannoulias responds by saying “those words are disturbing coming from your mouth.”
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Kennedy read “I got a new strap-on harness today. I can’t wait to put it on you. It will fit my favorite dildo perfectly. You’re going to look so hot. I can’t wait to have your c**k in my mouth. I’m going to give you the blow job of your life. Then I want you inside of me.”
“The words you spoke are disturbing, especially coming out of your mouth, it’s very disturbing,” Illinois Secretary of State Alexander Giannoulias told Kennedy in response.
The book is one of several that have prompted outrage and protests among parents as it features graphic illustrations of sex between two men, use of sex toys, oral sex, and masturbation, among other things.
Passages from the book have been read out by parents during school board meetings, in some cases leading to them being shut down and asked to leave.
The Gender Queer book was also cited by Chelsea Clinton in tweets defending the use of such material in schools:
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