Underage Sex Advice Controversy
A professor at Grove City College in Pennsylvania, Warren Throckmorton was given a tape of a 2000 lecture by Kevin Jennings discussing Brewster. He was speaking to a GLSEN rally in Iowa where he told the audience of one of his experiences as a teacher in 1988:
- "Brewster was missing a lot of classes; he was in the boarding school so I said to his first period teacher, I said, ‘next time Brewster misses a class I want you to tell me that he’s missed that class and, uh, I will go find him.’ So I went and found Brewster one morning when she had called and he was asleep in his dorm room. And I said, “Brewster, what are you doing in there asleep?” And he said, “Well, I’m tired.” And I said, “Well we all are tired and we all got to school today.” And he said, “Well I was out late last night.” And I said, “What were you doing out late on a school night.” And he said, “Well, I was in Boston…” Boston was about 45 minutes from Concord. So I said, “What were you doing in Boston on a school night Brewster?” He got very quiet, and he finally looked at me and said, “Well I met someone in the bus station bathroom and I went home with him.” High school sophomore, 15 years old. That was the only way he knew how to meet gay people. I was a closeted gay teacher, 24 years old, didn’t know what to say. Knew I should say something quickly so I finally said, My best friend had just died of AIDS the week before. I looked at Brewster and said, “You know, I hope you knew to use a condom.” He said to me something I will never forget, He said “Why should I, my life isn’t worth saving anyway.”" (click here for audio)
On October 3, 2009 Brewster contacted CNN telling them that he did not in fact have sex with that man at all, and that he was 16 at the time of the incident; not 15 as Jennings states he had told him, the morning after the incident. Brewster recounted his version of the event:
- "In 1988, I had taken a bus home for the weekend, and on the return trip met someone who was also gay. The next day, I had a conversation with Mr. Jennings about it. I had no sexual contact with anybody at the time, though I was entirely legally free to do so. I was a 16-year-old going through something most of us have experienced: adolescence."
Jennings was of the understanding that the boy was fifteen-years-old and that he had had sex with an older man. Under Massachusetts law such an event was statutory rape, with the requirement of reporting it to the authorities. CNN obtained a copy of Brewster's driver's license, verifying that he was in fact 16 at the time of the incident. However as has been maintained, "Whether Brewster was 15 years old or just turned 16, a sophomore having sex with an older man he met at a bus station bathroom should have raised alarm... A teacher ignoring a female sophomore's confession that she met an older man in a bathroom and then went home with him should have raised similar concerns."
Use of Pro-Pedophilia Publisher
When Kevin Jennings sought out a publisher for his first three books, "Becoming Visible", "One Teacher in 10" and "Telling Tales Out of School", he chose pornographer Pat Califia’s publisher, Alyson Books. Alyson Books is a publisher of LGBT titles including children's books such as "Heather Has Two Mommies" and "Daddy's Roommate". Alyson Books has published pro-pedophillia titles such as "Pedophilia: The Radical Case" by Tom O’Carrol, and "The Age Taboo: Gay Male Sexuality, Power and Consent", by Dan Tsang, who has also had involvement with NAMBLA.
A known North American Man/Boy Love Association supporter, Pat Califia contracted Alyson Publications to publish such titles as "Macho Sluts", a collection of short stories she had written, one of which is about an incestuous S/M sexual relationship between a mother and her 13-year-old daughter, now considered a classic of taboo sadism porn.
Califia wrote an endorsement for NAMBLA's book, "A Witchhunt Foiled". NAMBLA supporter Harry Hay also wrote an endorsement for the book, both of which appeared on the back cover of the 1985 publication. In his endorsement, Calfia implied strong agreement with the conclusions found within when he wrote:
- "Are you a gay activist who thinks the issue of man/boy love has nothing to do with gay liberation? Read this book. Are you a lesbian feminist who thinks any sex between adults and young people is exploitation and abuse? Read this book..."
In support of pedophiles, Califia once wrote:
- "Instead of condemning pedophiles for their involvement with lesbian and gay youth, we should be supporting them."
Admiration for Harry Hay
[[Image:Sat1.jpg|200px|thumb|Harry Hay Harry Hay, (1912 - 2002) is widely recognized as the father of the gay rights movement in the U.S.A. and is well-known for his involvement with and support of NAMBLA, a pro-pedophilia group.
In 1994 Jennings co-wrote and edited a reader in gay and lesbian history for high school and college students entitled "Becoming Visible". In this book he devotes an entire chapter to discussing "Harry Hay and the Beginnings of the Homophile Movement".
On October 25, 1997, Jennings addressed the GLSEN Mid-Atlantic conference in a panel entitled "Looking to the Future", in which he spoke of his admiration for Harry Hay. Americans For Truth obtained an audio recording of his speech and have placed the transcript on their website.
- "One of the people that’s always inspired me is Harry Hay, who started the first ongoing gay rights groups in America. In 1948, he tried to get people to join the Mattachine Society."
Member of ACT UP
- "The first few interactions were challenging for both of us. He was a member of ACT UP. Act Up! So it’s like – you know - here’s a big gay activist. BIG gay activist! And he was this really big liberal."
From Oct. 15 - Dec. 23, 2009 the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University featured an exhibit entitled "ACT UP New York: Activism, Art, and the AIDS Crisis, 1987 - 1992". In the press release put out by the Harvard Art Museum, the organizers of the exhibit thank Kevin Jennings amongst others, for their support, gifts and grants.
The exhibit gained notoriety for its explicit photos, pictures and text, the majority of which were "memorabilia" from past activism carried out by ACT UP. Click here for photos of the exhibits at the Mass Resistance website.
Queering Elementary Education
On Promoting Heterosexuality
The audio clip to the right is from Kevin Jennings' address he gave to the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network in Iowa in 2000. In the clip he states that schools are aggressively recruiting children into a heterosexual (mindset) as well as talking about Ronald Reagan's 1980 presidential win and referencing it back to a Karl Marx quote:
- "We all know what is promoted in our schools: Heterosexuality is promoted in our schools... Every time kids read Romeo & Juliet, (muffled), or whatever it is, kids are aggressively recruited (muffled) heterosexual. The reality is that at schools (muffled)... You know what, it's easy to panic people if you make them think that they're after your kids. It's a very irrational thing... (muffled) Anita Bryant was also for homophobia. She started a campaign in the late seventies called 'save our children.' which was designed to repeal the few protections that existed in that time in our country for LGBT people. She succeeded. She panicked our nation. She started a nationwide crusade that led to the creation of the moral majority and the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980. She was very successful, and I look at Oregon in the year 2000, and I think history repeats itself, and as Marx once said the first time as tragedy and the second time as farce. I am hoping this will be a farce."
Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network
Jennings founded the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN), pronounce "glisten".
On March 25, 2000 GLSEN ran the "Teach-Out" Conference at Tufts University. Approximately 200 young teens (as young as 12) and 300 adults attended the day-long event. Jennings, who was at the time the Executive Director of GLSEN was the keynote speaker at the conference. At the conference, during a workshop listed as a "youth only, ages 14-21" session, three self-professed gay employees of the Massachusetts Department of Education instructed the audience on how to perform a range of sexual activities such as homosexual oral sex techniques, inserting one’s entire hand in someone else’s rectum, sado-masochism techniques, girls using "dildos" and rubbing their sex organs together for pleasure. Below is an excerpt detailing a technique known as "Fisting", taken directly from audio recordings of the conference made by Mass Resistance:
- "Fisting [forcing one's entire hand into another person's rectum or vagina] often gets a bad rap....[It's] an experience of letting somebody into your body that you want to be that close and intimate with...[and] to put you into an exploratory mode."
On March 25, 2001 the "Teach-Out" Conference was again held at Tufts University. Of the approximately 650 attendees, about 400 were students. Here Planned Parenthood distributed "fisting kits" at their table in the lobby. They contained a single plastic glove, a package of K-Y lubricant and instructions on how to make a “dental dam” out of the material.
- "The instructions explained how to cut up the glove with scissors until all that remains is a rubber rectangle with the “thumb” portion protruding from the middle. “Use the thumb space for your tongue,” say the directions. The label on the ziplocked package says, “protects against STD’s,” and bears the Planned Parenthood logo and phone number."
Jennings' High Salary
In 2007 Jennings was paid $273,573.96 as the executive director of GLSEN, an organization that receives public and private funding. The image to the right is of a scanned in copy of GLSEN's 2007 990 IRS form, sourced by the Founding Bloggers blog.
GLSEN Recommended Reading List
The "Featured Booklinks" page on the GLSEN website features a list of over 100 books published by GLSEN. These are split up into four categories, grades K-6, grades 7-12, educator resources and other ally resources. The Gateway Pundit Blog researched into the content of a random selection of the books contained within the grades 7-12 book list. They found that:
- "We found that book after book after book contained stories and anecdotes that weren’t merely X-rated and pornographic, but which featured explicit descriptions of sex acts between pre-schoolers; stories that seemed to promote and recommend child-adult sexual relationships; stories of public masturbation, anal sex in restrooms, affairs between students and teachers, five-year-olds playing sex games, semen flying through the air. One memoir even praised becoming a prostitute as a way to increase one’s self-esteem. Above all, the books seemed to have less to do with promoting tolerance than with an unabashed attempt to indoctrinate students into a hyper-sexualized worldview."
Below the reading list is a disclaimer regarding the quality and appropriateness of the content within the books:
- "All BookLink items are reviewed by GLSEN staff for quality and appropriateness of content. However, some titles for adolescent readers contain mature themes. We recommend that adults selecting books for youth review content for suitability."
- ↑ Fox News, Critics Assail Obama's 'Safe Schools' Czar, Say He's Wrong Man for the Job, September 23, 2009
- ↑ Warren Throckmorton's website: Remembering Brewster, June 2, 2009
- ↑ CNN: Ex-pupil defends Obama aide over controversial advice in 1988, October 3, 2009
- ↑ Washington Times: Obama's elusive 'safe schools czar', Oct. 8, 2009
- ↑ Alyson Books: One Teacher in 10
- ↑ Harry Hay, Los Angeles, 1986
- ↑ Sexuality.org - Review of Macho Sluts
- ↑ Zombietime.com: Harry Hay's blurb for the NAMBLA book A Witchhunt Foiled
- ↑ NAMBLA website: Pat Califia
- ↑ Amazon.com: Becoming Visible, 1994
- ↑ Americans for Truth website: Kevin Jennings’ 1997 Transcript
- ↑ Video: Jeff Davis at "Respect" Awards Presentation
- ↑ Harvard Art Museum: Press Release, July 2, 2009
- ↑ Amazon.com: Queering Elementary Education, 1999
- ↑ Mass Resistance: The "Fistgate" conference
- ↑ MassNews.com, March 26, 2001
- ↑ Founding Bloggers: Sexualizing Children is Lucrative, Dec. 5, 2009
- ↑ GatewayPundit.com: Promoting Child Porn in the Classroom
- ↑ GLSEN website: Recommended Reading List