Monday, December 28, 2009

Safe Schools Czar Kevin Jennings Recommended Porny Books for Teens in 1994

[photo: Education Week]

Here’s proof that Kevin Jennings was certainly aware that his organization, GLSEN, recommended porny books for teens.  He had recommended them himself in his 1994 high school reader Becoming Visible (published by porn publisher Alyson Books). On p. 278 in his Questions/Activities section for Chapter 17, he wrote:

15. Other resources for reading are Bennett Singer’s Growing Up Gay, Ann Heron’s One Teenager in Ten: Writings by Gay and Lesbian Youth, Aaron Frick’s Reflections of a Rock Lobster: A Story of Growing Up Gay, and Paul Monette’s Becoming a Man. Films include Robert King’s The Disco Years and Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, based on Jeanette Winterson’s autobiographical novel.

These questionable books (haven’t looked at the films yet…) have been described by Linda Harvey in 2002 (also here), NARTH (late 1990s), and more recently at Gateway Pundit/ (Dec. 2009).

Also in his introduction to Chapter 17, “Gay and Lesbian Youth: Voices from the Next Generation,” Jennings regurgitates some of the points he made in his 1993 report to the Governor’s Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth in Massachusetts. Sadly, that report is no longer available online or from the current Commission office – but MassResistance will soon be publishing a PDF of the original document.

On the books Jennings personally recommended in 1994:

Linda Harvey quoted from Growing Up Gay in her 2002 report:
"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 ---" and then follows a graphic description of a homosexual encounter between two ten- year- old boys who are playmates, in a childhood recollection of Malcolm Boyd, an Episcopal priest, in Growing Up Gay, ... p.100.

Another excerpt from Harvey:
In the book "Growing Up Gay … is an episode that might have been written by a pedophile. A boy raised by two gay men describes his first experience of anal intercourse with a man he guessed to be around 30 years old. The youth himself was 15 at the time (p.111). The boy claims he initiated it. He had already had previous homosexual experiences beginning at age eleven (p.110). And here: "'My first experience was with a much older man, a friend of Derek's [his dad] ... When I was fifteen, he must have been twenty-nine, thirty ... l seduced him ... It was a wild night. We did everything."' (Young man, Eliot, telling about earlier experiences in a story excerpted in Growing Up Gay/Growing Up Lesbian)

Gateway Pundit also posted passages from Growing Up Gay here.

NARTH reported on One Teenager in Ten:
Some of the Alyson publications, including One Teenager in Ten encourage teens to, among other things, go to gay bars and have sex with adults to see if they like it.” Further, One Teenager in Tencontains a lesbian teen's explicit account of her affair with a teacher.”

Gateway Pundit/, posted excerpts from Reflections of a Rock Lobster, including:
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 to perform fellatio on one another. A typical week’s schedule would be Aaron and Michael on Monday during lunch; Michael and Johnny on Tuesday after school; Fred and Timmy at noon Wednesday; Aaron and Timmy after school on Thursday.