Right-Winger Says California Dept. of Education is ‘Raping Innocence of Children’ with New LGBT-Inclusive Books List

Go to the California Department of Education's updated 'Recommended Literature List' and search for "lgbt, gay, lesbian, homosexual, queer, bisexual, transgender, "sexual minority", "marriage equality" in the box titled "annotation" and dozens of LGBT-inclusive titles appear, many of them new to the list. The list is recommended reading for K-12 students.

IamjThe Mercury News reports:

While the state list has addressed controversial topics before, this is the first time it included works that were honored by the Stonewall Book Awards, which have been given out since 1971 to recognize contributions to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender literature.

"We have titles in the list for the LGBT community for multiple recommended grade levels," said Roxane Fidler, the CDE's education programs consultant. "There are books from the Stonewall Book Awards, which has not previously been on the list," Fidler said.

The online catalog, Recommended Literature: Pre-Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve, contains more than 7,800 books meant to prepare students for college, a career and the changing world, Fidler said. Because the newest titles were published in 2012, some of the included books embrace today's cultural and civil rights challenges. It was last revised in 2008.

The list includes the first-ever recommended title with a transgender theme:

The book is titled “I Am J.” It’s a young adult novel about a teen, Jennifer, who identifies and sees herself as a boy.

In one passage, her father, Manny, lovingly tells J — as she begins calling herself—  that she doesn’t have to take a traditional path in life. But it’s clear he’s talking about professions, not gender identity.
Manny stood up and pulled J into a hug. “You’re still my baby girl,” he said into J’s baseball cap. His voice was sweet and crooning. “You’ll always be my baby girl."

RiosSome right-wingers are freaking out:

Sandy Rios, host of a morning radio show on American Family Radio or AFR Talk, called this list of titles "appalling. "

"It's a frightening trend," Rios said in an interview. "The reading lists are very overtly propagating a point of view that is at odds with most American parents. Leftist educators are advocates of everything from socialism to sexual anarchy. It's very base; it's raping the innocence of our children."

But Fidler said the works are not mandatory reading and they are chosen based on quality not ideology.

There are "no controversial books," Fidler said. The teachers, librarians, administrators, curriculum planners and college professors who curated the list rarely had trouble deciding whether a well-written book should not be included because of its topic, she added.


  1. Gigi says

    Jaysus H. Key-rist that Sandy Rios gives me major cramps. Such a self-righteous, sanctimonious c#nt. I’m not a violent person but just see a still of her faces almost made me want to hit something.

    She’s procreated. I feel sorry for her children.

  2. gregorybrown says

    Is there some manual right-wing men and women consult to get those odd looks. Men have acrlic-looking hair and puckery mouths, and so many of the women combine vacant eyes with strange adornments. Rios looks like she had a very rough night. Palin has adopted a lot lizard persona, Coulter is an anorexic zombie.

  3. woodroad34 says

    What I actually find “appalling” are people like this pinched nobody telling me that my life or my friend’s life is/are appalling. What’s actually frightening (and it’s not the story of parental love) is this overly made up,surgeryfied idiot with questionable morals being listened to. This, people, is what Sarah Palin looks like in her hooker blond wig.

  4. says

    it’s not raping innocence, it’s ending ignorance.

    folks like her will always be upset that educators step in to teach their children about the truth.

    you prepare your children for the real world they’ll be entering into, not the world that you wished still existed from 1950.

  5. Arrowsmith says

    From the comments of the Mercury News article: “”Gay Marriage” has nothing to do with “Gays” or “Marriage”. It is about “Deconstructionism” AKA the deliberate tearing down of social order to bring about anarchy.”

    This hurts my brain too much to even try and comprehend how someone can not only come to this conclusion, but dogmaticly cling to it. Anarchy? Deconstructionism? Are you freaking kidding me?!

  6. PAUL B. says

    @Gregory…the odd looks are familiar to many, and the result of surgical procedures to make one look human. Underneath all that contorted flesh is some kind of nasty looking and very old creature disguised as a human being.

  7. Mike in nyc says

    It always looks like the same very unskilled plastic surgeon gives these right wing wack jobs the same crazy snare drum horror show face. Creepy. Her poor grandkids are going to die watching this act.

  8. Strepsi says

    @Arrowsmith: I read the comments too, they are all anti-gay :(

    Of note is the old “THEY’RE JUST CHILDREN — TO YOUNG FOR THIS!” canard.

    It is not teaching children to be gay, or about (G*d forbid) sex, it is stating facts: there are gay people. Places like Mississippi, if a kid sees another kid with 2 dads, and asks the teacher, “Who are those 2 men?” the teacher has trouble saying “They’re Kevin’s 2 dads.” The sky is blue. Some kids have 2 dads. Kids have ZERO problem understanding this.

  9. THurts says

    The titles are recommended and not required. If they understood that one simple difference, this conversation would be mute. However,it would take reasoning skills so I guess that is a nonstarter for that crowd.

  10. Rob says

    Gay people don’t exist to these people so children shouldn’t be exposed to the idea that we do. It’s just behavior to these freaks and not our being and who we are. Rigid, ignorant,and OHHHHHHHHH, the Stupid!!!!! it Burns!!!!!!

  11. Thomas says

    I’m so tired of people using the word “rape” like this, especially after working in a crisis counseling center for sexual abuse victims.

    Of course, maybe I should just tell her that if it’s a legitimate rape of innocence, kids have a way to shut that whole thing down. Maybe that would make sense to her.

  12. says

    this is, of course, the root of anti-gay prejudice. bigots don’t want their children to learn to not be bigots. they don’t want their positions as parents undermined by educators.

    as others have pointed out, their stance is problematic. being anti-gay won’t make your own children straight. they’re damaging their own potentially-gay children, and teaching their non-gay children to hate.

  13. says

    Innocence is a bad thing, a bad word. It is something we force on people, kids mostly. We use it to justify destroying kids, it’s something to take away when you want to devalue someone. It’s complete crap, there isn’t a single upside and nobody needs it. Anytime anyone says innocence they mean control, brutal emotional and physical control.

  14. Kun says

    So… The example provided is an essentially transphobic book where a transgender boy is told by his father that he’ll remain a “girl” forever?

    I can see how the Christian rights is threatened by that… *eyeroll*

  15. andrew says

    Her use of the phrase “raping the innocence of our children” tells me she is just a hysterical bomb thrower, an Ann Coulter, and not to be taken seriously.

  16. Finisterre says

    What a horrible, vicious person she is. And how utterly repulsive to use rape as a casual metaphor.

    I would also add that responding to her reprehensible homophobia with misogynist slurs is… unhelpful.

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