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No Mainstream Gay Criticism of Kevin Jennings’ Errors & Excesses?

As more information comes out about the content of the books Kevin Jennings’ organization GLSEN finds appropriate for children in Grades 7-12, I have yet to find any heads of gay organizations or even non-conservative gay bloggers taking Kevin Jennings to task for his lax supervision of conferences he chaired for schoolchildren or for recommending books on or about homosexuality which are not appropriate for the age group.  No one even seem to question his judgment.  Or ask that GLSEN remove certain books from the list.

Perhaps, I’m wrong,  A few google searches surely don’t suffice to explore the universe of gay opinion.  So, maybe some of our readers have encountered criticism and questioning of this Obama official.  If you have seen something, let me know.

But, so far, I have reached a (tentative) conclusion:  the only gay people who receive criticism or censure from gay organizations, blogs or media are those who are open about their Republican politics or conservative views.

We need to do a better job policing our fellows.  Is this how we want to educate teenagers about the reality of homosexuality?

More on this anon, much more.



  1. All I’ve seen on blogs and MediaMorons is a circling of the wagons with lame excuses.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — December 22, 2009 @ 1:59 pm - December 22, 2009

  2. here’s a fun diddy on education:

    ILC a little spot on SouthPAWS

    Comment by rusty — December 22, 2009 @ 2:53 pm - December 22, 2009

  3. I am not sure but I think that Hillbuzz has been critical… but they are not what I call mainstream.

    Comment by StraightAussie — December 22, 2009 @ 7:23 pm - December 22, 2009

  4. Between Jennings, Barney Frank and his pages, and the ACORN Tapes, when can we get down to acknowledging that the Democratic Party is the official party of child molestation?

    Comment by DaveP. — December 22, 2009 @ 8:00 pm - December 22, 2009

  5. I like that comment about self policing. It’s positive. More toning it down, via self suggestion, at Folsom Street Fairs and and less “victim–y” Marches on Washington.

    Self Policing is an “enlightened self interest” and common sense idea for the Gay Community today.

    Comment by Patrick — December 23, 2009 @ 9:17 am - December 23, 2009

  6. I wouldn’t call it circling the wagons. It’s looking at the credibility of those making the charges because there are legitimate questions regarding their information and motives.

    Among other things:

    1. Opponents accused Jennings of statutory rape and that turned out not to be true. No matter how many weasel words are thrown out about “how it doesn’t matter what the age of Brewster,” the point was that opponents hinged their argument on the idea that Jennings broke the law. And it turned out that he didn’t.

    2. Opponents accused Jennings of being a pedophile and claimed to have video footage of him teaching sex acts to children. That turned out to be false.

    3. Other attacks on Jennings were mostly incidents blown out of proportion via shrill hysteria. As a matter of fact, the entire tone of the arguments against Kevin Jennings have been shrill to the point of hysteria. “Jennings is trying to indoctrinate our children.” “Jennings is trying to teach gay sex to children.” Has it ever occurred to you that the charges are so wild and the people making the charges are so venomous that they hurt themselves.

    In short, the charges against Jennings are awful but the nastiness of those making the charges are even worse.

    Comment by a. mcewen — December 24, 2009 @ 9:03 am - December 24, 2009

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