Monday, October 19, 2009

Kevin Jennings, Harry Hay, and Pornography

We recently revealed that “Safe Schools” czar Kevin Jennings’ activism involved membership in the extremist group Act Up. Here, we will look at his early “intellectual” profile. Kevin Jennings:
·       Idolized NAMBLA supporter Harry Hay, devoting a whole chapter to him in his gay and lesbian reader.  
·       Published his first books with Alyson Publications -- known for its pornography. Alyson also published books PROMOTING PEDOPHILIA. See Americans for Truth for more detail
·       Includes propagandistic and sexually-charged teaching materials in his gay history reader (for high school students), Becoming Visible.

The zombietime blog has done a great service here and here, posing questions Jennings' defenders don't want to deal with concerning his unrepentant praise of pioneering gay activist and NAMBLA supporter, Harry Hay. Zombietime has made an airtight case that Jennings would have known all about Hay’s love of “man-boy love” when he praised him in 1997. Jennings was editor of a sourcebook in gay and lesbian history for high school and college students, Becoming Visible, which portrays Hay as the ultimate hero fighting against the “oppression” of gays. (Despite all the evidence zombietime compiled damning Jennings, they still want to help him salvage his career!)

Harry Hay, NAMBLA supporter, praised by Jennings

Addendum 10-20-09: Also see this video on Breitbart TV reviewing the NAMBLA/Hay/Jennings connection:
"Obama Czar's Textbook Points Teens to Pro-NAMBLA 'Incident'" (10-8-09).

Jennings’ first three books -- Becoming Visible, One Teacher in Ten, and Telling Tales Out of School -- were all published by Alyson Publications. Alyson is a publisher of gay and lesbian pornography – and the famous indoctrination picture books for the Kindergarten set, Heather Has Two Mommies and Daddy’s Roommate. Some of the Alyson publications, including One Teenager in Ten [1983] … encourage teens to, among other things, go to gay bars and have sex with adults to see if they like it.” One Teenager in Tencontains a lesbian teen's explicit account of her affair with a teacher.” Alyson’s later Two Teenagers in 20 (1995) “glamorizes raunchy sex between young teens and their ‘lovers,’ and casual sex between youths and older adults” and gives “advice on getting into gay bars illegally.” 

Sex between adults and youths? That's PEDOPHILIA. See Peter LaBarbera's report at Americans for Truth.

Back to Alyson Publications' pornography. It seems odd that a high official in the Obama Education Department would be published by the same company that put out titles including:
·       Dorm Porn: Raunchy Tales Of Boys On Campus
·       Lesbian Sadomasochism Safety Manual
·       Doing It for Daddy: Short Sexy Fiction About a Very Forbidden Fantasy
·       Secret Slaves: Erotic stories of bondage
·       Hu$tler$: Erotic stories of sex for hire
·       My First Time  (“men… describing their first consensual [hmm…] same-sex experience”)
·       First Timers: True stories of lesbian awakening (“first-time strap-ons, spankings, and role-playing”)

So when we examine Jennings’ gay and lesbian history teaching aids for high school and college classes, we shouldn’t be surprised that he focuses those young minds (as early as 13 years old!) on Harry Hay’s campaign against “police brutality” and “oppression” of homosexuals in “entrapments.” (See Becoming Visible, Chapter 11, “Harry Hay and the Beginnings of the Homophile Movement.”).  A 1952 California “entrapment” case (where coincidentally the accused was named Jennings) became a focus for the new gay activist movement, and is held out to children (along with the Stonewall riots) as a heroic moment in American history. Having anonymous sodomy in restrooms is a “right” to be fought for, according to Hay – and Jennings -- and any attempt by society to enforce traditional norms is called “oppression”.

 John Burnside, Harry Hay and Jim Kepner
Harry Hay (center) at "Spirit of Stonewall" demonstration, New York, 1994 (the same year Kevin Jennings published Becoming Visible). Note NAMBLA banner in background. 
(Photo on NAMBLA web site.)

In his introduction to the unit on Hay, Jennings generates sympathy with the young readers, excusing Hay’s “idealist” membership in the Communist Party as “driven by a desire to better things for disadvantaged Americans.” Gays were victims, and Hay’s genius was to see an opportunity for a political movement fighting for his “oppressed minority”. “Growing oppression often creates growing resistance,” wrote Jennings.

Jennings’ student discussion topics on Hay include the police “entrapment” of a gay man involved in "cruising" for sex -- gay men engaging in anonymous sodomy in public bathrooms or public parks.  Students are told that such arrests amount to “financial and emotional lynching” of gays. Imagine what this topic would actually mean in a classroom discussion with children as young as 13.

When Jennings taught in Concord Academy (just prior to his editing this book), “no stories were forbidden.” His organization GLSEN held Boston conferences where children discussed fisting and tribadism (“Fistgate” in 2000) and handed out the pornographic Little Black Book (2005) to minor children. His Seattle GLSEN chapter linked children directly with pornography on their web site. So Jennings' pattern of leading children to age-inappropriate, hard-core sexual subject matter is clear.

What were Jennings’ suggested discussions for high school students in his chapter on Harry Hay? Here are the terms they needed to know, and some of the suggested topics (pp. 178-180):
·       Harry Hay
·       Daughters of Bilitis
·       Mattachine Society
·       Kinsey Report
·       Police entrapment
·       1. Recreate the scene in the apartment the night Harry Hay first gets the idea for a gay-rights organization. This can be done by: writing a “sales pitch” that Hay delivers to prospective members; role-playing the parts of Hay and the partygoers; or writing diary entries from the point of view of Hay and others, as if you have just gotten home from the party.
·       5. Hay’s most important contribution in the eyes of many was his notion that gays were a “cultural minority.” What does this mean? Why would it be important? (You may want to look at the life of Ulrichs in Chapter 7 for a comparison.)
·       9. The key argument Hay came up with in the groundbreaking [Dale] Jennings [entrapment] case was that Jennings had been homosexual but not “lewd or dissolute.” What made this a dramatic new argument at the time?
·       12. Every minority group has debated the “assimilation or resistance” question. Put yourself in the late 1950s and imagine you are a member of Mattachine or DOB [Daughters of Bilitis]. Justify your group’s political strategies. Others can represent a more “resistance” point of view. [Act Up for example?] After a debate, vote on which argument would be more convincing, given the conditions in the United States for gays of that period.

Note the technique of drawing the student -- whether “gay” or straight -- into a gay or lesbian identity in these exercises. And clearly, students are forced to engage in vivid thinking and discussion about gay sex practices. What, after all, was the accused doing when the policeman arrested him? Further, extremist political activism is held up as worthy of emulation, and students are directed to think along those lines.

Jennings never really answers his own question (in his Introduction to Becoming Visible), “Why teach gay history?” He does say, “it is intellectually dishonest not to do so” (whatever that means), and it will “help our students create a better society.” He equates gay history with African-American history and women’s history, totally ignoring the fact that homosexuality is not an innate characteristic (as are race and sex), and that the subject deals with the morally sensitive issue of sexual behavior.

Perhaps the honest answer to his question was that Jennings was “filled with rage.” From his introduction:

“I thought back over my twelve years in North Carolina public schools and my four years at Harvard University, sixteen years when I never once learned anything in a classroom about gay people or gay history, and I was filled with rage. Denying me that history had nearly cost me my life, for gay invisibility had helped create the feelings of isolation that had made me want to end it all.”

Jennings refers to himself as an “historian” (in his introduction). It appears he’s more of a propagandist for a sorry cause: the moral perversion of youth, and the spreading of a myth that our “heterosexist” culture is to blame for all the psychological, emotional and physical sufferings of gays and lesbians.