Only bigots have a problem with this.
A note regarding the title: I should have said LGBTQ ideologues, not LGBTQ people. Not all LGBTQ people support what the movement has become. It's unfair to lump everyone together.
It always amazes me that even though they claim they really are not "coming for our children" the pride folks are always at events with children, but I have NEVER seen them at the old folks home where I do rounds periodically. The old folks would be happy with ANY visitor -- but somehow the "not interested in the children" group are only interested in parades watched by children and reading books to children. Most of the old folks might listen to the books (they have little else to do) irrespective of what they say...but somehow there are no books about how "old folks can be queer" out there...but dozens about how children should be.
Does it all not seem odd to you?
but the ideolgues were always coming for the kids. tired of fighting with my wife about this so you guys get the brunt, sorry. Look at the percentages of kids identifying as non-straight. It has exploded and interestingly the explosion is along political/demographic lines. My youngest just graduated an extremely affluent public high school which is under the control of these ideologues. The percentage of kids that identify as a member of the rainbow is through the roof. A fair amount of these kids are trying to avoid the "white privledge" label being stuck on them as a badge of shame by the people who are supposed to be guiding them. a couple of his friends have come out as openly gay or bi just to avoid the BS. Neither of them were and they just went on as normal but they had checked a box to remove the stigma. but what about the more impressionable kids? the ones with less self esteem/respect? we will have decades to deal with the damage our educational establishment has done the last 5 years on this and everything else.
You, Brad, are a great writer.
Reasonable people can disagree about whether kids ought to be taught anything about gay and transgender people in public schools. Personally, I don't think it needs to be part of any standard curriculum though it would be weird to teach "sex ed" and not mention the possibility of same sex relations. There's an argument to be made that kids are exposed to sexuality too early and are losing the innocence that ought to be integral to childhood. I'm on board with that line of thinking. But but but...this debate has nothing to do with the chant at the NYC Pride parade. The marchers at that parade don't intend to "groom" children. Nobody is wanting to make anybody else gay. That's just not on the agenda and, as a gay man myself, I believe I have some insight into the topic.
So why then did some of the marchers shout "we're coming for your children?" Because they knew it would upset and bait the kind of people who read this blog and because they were angry and wanted to basically give conservatives the finger. Because they thought it would be funny to pretend to be the monsters they are accused of being. Because they enjoy being provocative and outlandish and wanted negative attention.
Was it a stupid thing to say? Absolutely. Are they actual child molesters out to turn kids into little gays? Absolutely not. People who think they shouted the slogan because they really and truly intended to hurt children have misunderstood what went on.
Thank you. The speed of the institutional takeover is breathtaking. Progressives have been playing from Naomi Klein's Shock Doctrine playbook to push these ideologies into schools in the wake of the pandemic. It's not only individual activist teachers, but also coming down from state depts of ed, teachers colleges and the unions as curriculum directives, DEI trainings and coerced speech about pronouns, "I am an ally." etc.
As a teacher, most troubling to me is the erosion of trust with parents. The law has always been clear about who the listed guardians are and unless that is revoked through some kind of due process or the student turns 18, I don't keep anything from you about your child. Now teachers have to, by law and district policies, keep information such as new names and gender identities from parents in order to be gender affirming. Why?? Why are teachers and schools suddenly adjudicating something so earth shatteringly important? We didn't sign up for this!
Another example of the takeover is how many school districts now march in the Pride parades, billed as "family friendly." Even elementary staff and students were encouraged by administrators to attend. Again, why?? Pride parades were always like spring break for gay people. Wild and raunchy and out there, not in the least child friendly. As you said, why are we suddenly supposed to go along with all this?
As a former Portland OR resident, I am noting with interest the increasing presence of Antifa defending transgender activists in the English speaking world. Provocateurs? What better way to bring about the chaos and anarchy you seek than coming for people's children?! I'd be interested in your take on Andy Ngo's work.
Thanks for letting me post, M. Brad. I had to move you back 1 (one) month. I *will* subscribe in August!
They keep confirming what we "here-to-fore-bigots" (get it right, will ya?) said that got us labeled bigots in the first place.
It's as if they think by owning our greivances, all of history is re-written, in which the one recurring "truth" is Orwell was a documentarian, and his happy-to-us/nightmarish-to-them ending never happens.
Sure they're recruiting children. Since they don't reproduce in the ordinary way it's the only way to keep the cult alive.
Similar things happened with the Shaker colonies (Mother Ann Lee) in the 1800's, except they were not immoral creeps - again proving that this "Pride" thing is nothing more than another religious movement.
You're an excellent writer with consistent spot-on analysis. A++. Great work.
It looks like trolling based on the old homophobic fear that gay people can convert otherwise heterosexual people. It was always funny because it's rooted in people's own repression. (the loudest condemnation coming from people who turn out to be struggling with their own gay impulses).
The conflating of this stuff with grooming is moral panic. Grooming is a real and context-specific thing that is also thankfully fairly rare. This public stuff is not the same thing.
And normally I don't care if people want to fret and worry about non-existent bugaboos, but the problem is that this fear tends to lead to increased criminalization, things like the ridiculously overdone sex registries and other witch-huntery. Another instance of fear causing us to trade away freedom in exchange for "safety".
So glad you wrote this. Great stuff.
Sorry guys - the "most LGBs don't agree" dog is not hunting. we all noticed who won the war and who decided not to take prisoners. it went immediately from "leave us alone" to "comply or be run out of business." No one objected. Those flags in the businesses windows are compliance stickers as much as supporters.* I will accept what any individual says but the votes all go in one direction. same as the balck and hispanic votes.
* not that it helps. those storeowners who supported the Chicago Teachers Union in their shop windows in its efforts not to teach children just had their places in the Lakeview area of chicago ransacked by a bunch of educationally neglected teens Monday night.