Books have been an important part of civilization for centuries. Books for children have been a part of family life since the earliest days of the printing press. Before that, children’s stories were typically recited or made into children’s songs.
Thanks to innovation by people such as Randolph Caldecott, we have had picture books since the mid to late 1800’s. Most educators and publishers will tell you that picture books are for children who are 5-years old and younger. Picture books are fascinating to young children, especially for those who are not yet able to read. Picture books provide intimate bonding opportunities for parents and children, help children learn to read, and instill very powerful childhood memories which last well into adulthood.
The LGBT community has begun publishing a lot of books which portray the LGBT lifestyle as good, fun, and liberating. Some of these are picture books, written for our youngest children, including books like Heather Has Two Mommies,and Daddy’s Roommate.
Some might want these books banned from our libraries. As good as that would be, and it would be very good, others would argue that libraries have Bibles and other books on Christianity and other religions as well. They would want Christian books banned as well. Fair enough. Maybe we should allow the quality of our books make their books obsolete.
Instead of fighting to keep all LGBT books out of our libraries, we can explain how the books are flawed, who the books target and why the books are being written. People can decide for themselves that the books should not be published and put in our libraries. Let’s compare the truth, goodness, and beauty of our books to dishonesty, distortion, and unattractiveness of the books published by LGBT advocates. Then it is up to individual parents to decide if they want to twist the minds of their own children and up to library boards and librarians if they want to twist the minds of their youngest patrons.
The best way to start is with the dishonesty. Picture books written and published by LGBT advocates are inaccurate. They ignore the unhealthy aspects of the LGBT lifestyles and overemphasize what they consider to be the positive aspects of the LGBT lifestyles. They may do this because they believe that the costs outweigh the benefits, but if they truly believed this, they would be honest about the negative aspects of homosexual behavior, transgenderism and the other behaviors that define the numerous lifestyle choices made by members of the LGBT community.
Gender ideology is all the rage these days. Boys are encouraged to believe they are actually girls trapped in a boy’s body and vice versa. A well-known picture book titled, I Am Jazzby by Jessica Herthel, teaches our youngest children that transgenderism is a reality. It is now also the title and theme of a “reality” show on TLC.
Dr. Michael K. Laidlawis a physician in California. He specializes in endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism. He recently testified before the California Senate Judiciary Committee regarding the evils of “Gender Affirming” therapy for minors which is being foisted upon psychologists, parents, schools, and the people of California in this interesting age of confusion, disinformation, and indoctrination.
Dr. Laidlaw published a short article in Public Discourse, which looked at I Am Jazz. The book and the show are about a little boy who feels like a girl. This is known as gender dysphoria. Youth who suffer from gender dysphoria grow out of it on their own (without any treatment) about 80 – 90% of the time. Dr. Laidlaw’s article is a must-read, and his testimony in front of the California Senate Judicial Committee is a must watch for anyone who needs to know more about the harm that advocates of gender ideology wish to inflict upon our children. Dr. Kenneth Zucker is another excellent source on this very topic. Unfortunately, lawmakers are unlikely to listen to people like Dr. Laidlaw and Dr. Zucker, unless their constituents insist on it louder than the LGBT lobbyists cry about it.
In Daddy’s Roommate, a little boy tells the story of his parents’ divorce so his dad could move in with his “roommate”, Frank. He describes all the things his dad and Frank do together, including sleeping together. The boy’s mom tells him that his dad and Frank are gay and explains that being gay “is just one more kind of love”, which brings happiness. In reality, the opposite is more likely. The LGBT lifestyle is more likely to bring depression and loneliness. No loving, responsible parent would encourage their child to accept, much less embrace, a lifestyle which is more likely to bring them pain and suffering than happiness.
One might ask why there is a need to publish LGBT picture books, advocate for mandatory gender affirmation, and pass laws which give special rights to the LGBT community when 96% of Americans identify as heterosexual. Heterosexual identity and behavior (a.k.a. being straight) is by far, the predominant identity worldwide. We can look at a couple more picture books as we get to this answer.
Santa’s Husband, is a picture book which targets the youngest of the young readers. Instead of trying to teach infants, toddlers, or preschoolers that a person’s relationship does not make them any less deserving of fair and dignified treatment, the book glamorizes same-sex “marriage” and talks about Santa kissing his husband. Then it talks about all sort of innocuous activities as well, such as badminton, gardening, etc… This is the basic theme of all picture books which target preschoolers; mention the unusual relationship but claim it is normal, emphasize happiness, and ignore the negative. There is a reason for this which I’ll get to shortly.
First, let’s look at one of the most manipulative picture books on the market right now. All of these books are likely in your public library and many others like them are also likely in your local public elementary school libraries.
This Day In June, is about Pride Parades and the fact that the LGBT community has designated June as their month to celebrate the LGBT lifestyle. This Day In June, is written by a professor of psychology and women’s studies and is published by the American Psychological Association. In the back of the book, there is a parent and caregivers guide. In the part of the guide which talks about children ages 3-5, the author writes: “Don’t think that you have to make the conversation about sex. Sometimes parents fear talking about sexual orientation with young children because they’re afraid their children will ask about sex. Children this age range aren’t typically thinking about sex at all”. The author suggests the parent find a different book to explain sex if it should come up in conversation with the child.
That is an interesting thing to find in a book which is teaching the preschool age child that it is fun, exciting and good to celebrate homosexuality and other aspects of the LGBT lifestyle. The LGBT lifestyle is substantially defined by the sexual interests of its members. In the LGBT acronym, “L” stands for lesbian, “G” stands for gay, “B” stands for bisexual, and “T” stands for transgendered. What is the difference between a lesbian, a gay man, a bisexual person or a person suffering from gender dysphoria, and 96% of the rest of the females in the United States? The difference is their sexual attraction. Or at least that is what the LGBT advocates tell them. Why would a person self-identify according to their sexual attraction, then tell the rest of society that they should not make the conversation about sex? This makes no sense at all unless you consider the fact that the LGBT advocates are sending different messages in an effort to manipulate and mislead. As for the acronym, it goes on for many more. “Q” stands for queer or questioning , “I” stands for intersex, etc… They even have a + sign due to the fact that there are so many titles and letters to list out. One of the letters in the long form of the acronym is “A”, which stands for ally, suggesting that they are in a battle with people who are not in their LGBT+ community.
Here is where we find out why people are writing books about the LGBT lifestyle for children ages 5 and under? The author of This Day In June, spells this out for us.
She writes: “This Day In June provides a positive, normalizing, and exuberant reflection of the LGBT community, and can serve as a jumping-off point for children to ask questions about sexual orientation and gender identity”. [emphasis added] Later she writes, “Conversations such as this pave the way for a smoother coming-out experience for your child, if your child is gay.”
This is what it is really all about. LGBT advocates prize some things above all else. They prize acceptance and affirmation, which is made possible by normalizing the LGBT lifestyle. Remember that only 4% of Americans currently identify as a member of the LGBT community. They are therefore normalizing a very unusual lifestyle. They also prize more LGBT people which is made possible only when people come-out. Advocacy groups such as the radical Human Rights Campaign spend a significant amount of time, effort, and money, convincing people to come-out. The message is now being fed to children through picture books, and the efforts of the LGBT advocates is working. Within the past few years there has been a small increase in the number of Americans who identify as part of the LGBT lifestyle.
Here is what you can do about this.
Learn the truth yourself. Familiarize yourself with the information provided by Dr. Laidlaw, Dr. Zucker, and Mark Laaser. Read, watch, and listen to materials on Theology of the Body and familiarize with yourself with groups like Chastity Project and Courage International, and individuals like Christopher West and Dan Mattson.
The culture around us is constantly preaching a distorted version of love to our children. It is imperative that we give them an authentic example of love and accurate information about authentic love. This starts at an early age, especially since the culture starts working on them at an early age with its dishonest message. Instead of books with a corrupt agenda, buy books such as God has a Plan for Boys and Girls, and other books by Monica Ashour or Forever You: A Book about Your Soul and Body by Nicole Lataif. For children ages 9 and up, a more descriptive book is Wonderfully Made! by Ellen Giangiordano. Theology of the Body is also available for young children through teenagers as well as the adult materials mentioned previously.
By learning the truth, sharing the truth with charity and humility and knowing where to find the resources to help us effectively share the truth, we can offer a much better life to our children and grandchildren. In doing so, we avoid going on the defensive, we avoid being perceived as negative, and we offer a way out to those who are trapped in the bonds of the LGBT lifestyle.