Worse than you can imagine: Books for children and teenagers in a Wyoming public library that parents are livid about
Pornography, very graphic homosexuality, etc. – written for kids
A huge fight has begun in a small Wyoming city. Parents and citizens vs. depraved library staff and public officials
Wyoming MassResistance is leading the charge!
September 14, 2021
A young boy perusing the children’s section in the Campbell County Library. [Photo: County17.com]
After all these years of exposing, fighting, and stopping horrible “culture war” assaults by the Left on children, it’s not often that we’re at a loss for words. But this time a summary description won’t suffice – you just need to see the materials for yourself.
The Campbell County Public Library branch in Gillette, Wyoming.
In our last post, we showed how local MassResistance activists in the town of Gillette, Wyoming, have paid for billboards to warn people about what’s in their public library.
When people drive by the local Subway sandwich shop in Gillette, they see this!
That’s just a part of the very heated battle there (that has already seen some victories). Before reporting more on that, you need to see why these parents and citizens are so enraged – and why their MassResistance chapter has been growing.
Below are a few of the books in the children’s and teen’s (also called “Young Adult”) sections of the Campbell County Public Library that parents have recently noticed. (Since a few of these books are X-rated, we’re providing links to pages with excerpts from the books rather than posting them on this page.)
This Book is Gay CLASSIFICATION: Young Adult Nonfiction (on display in Teen room)
SUMMARY: This book is pornographic and truly obscene (meaning “designed to incite to lust or depravity” according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary). It promotes medically unsafe homosexual sexual practices and perversions and is filled with false information. All forms of “gay” and “lesbian” sex are endorsed and celebrated with graphic instructions for teenagers.
The V Word: True Stories about First-Time Sex CLASSIFICATION: Young Adult Nonfiction (Teen room)
SUMMARY: This extremely graphic book promotes total sexual promiscuity for teenagers. It also encourages girls to engage in lesbian sex. And it specifically promotes rebellion against parents’ moral values.
Transmission CLASSIFICATION: Young Adult (in the Teen Room)
Summary: Girl “becomes” guy, has breast removal surgery and wants a beard (using large doses of male hormones). She goes back and forth desiring to identify as both sexes. This is a “how to transition (sex-change)” book for teens.
Public libraries are supposed to be safe places for children and teenagers. But the Campbell County Library has become a very dangerous place. It appears to be run by sexually deviant people who have a strong interest in pushing that agenda to youth.
But why are these kinds of books even on the shelves? Even though Campbell County voted over 86% Republican in the last election and is very conservative, local public officials who control the library refuse to intervene. They are clearly more interested in getting along with the loud (and dysfunctional) Leftists than protecting the people they serve. Wyoming MassResistance is out to change that.
In our next post: We’ll show you what happened when the pro-family activists first stormed the County Commission meeting over this – and the reasoning that the Library Director gave at that meeting for bringing these books into the library and keeping them there!
At a dozen locations – publicly confronting the Library Board and the County Commission.
September 4, 2021
When people drive by the local Subway sandwich shop they see this!
Gillette, Wyoming is located in Campbell County in the northeast part of the state, about 80 miles west of Rapid City, SD. It is home to one of the most energetic and uncompromising MassResistance chapters in America!
Sometimes billboards may be the best way to get attention! This works especially well in a small town like Gillette.
On one of the main highways.
As you can see, cameras don’t always pick up electronic billboards perfectly. So here are the graphics of them – what the people driving or walking by see:
Earlier this summer, people noticed that the two county public library branches had stocked the children’s sections with numerous books including graphic LGBT themes and other sexually explicit – even lurid – topics, as a “transgender” magician brought in to entertain children. When parents consulted the Library Board about all this, they were treated disrespectfully. And the Campbell County Commission, which controls the Library Board, was hostile to them.
One of the library books for kids: Girl “becomes” guy, has breast removal surgery and wants a beard (using large doses of male hormones). She goes back and forth desiring both sexes. This is a “how to transition” book for teens.
The parents organized and contacted MassResistance. The Wyoming MassResistance chapter is growing, and the battle is now on to stop these publicly funded programs that are harmful to children.
The recent Wyoming MassResistance pro-family activism on the library issue in Gillette over the last several weeks on this issue has been bold and fearless. We will be reporting more on that in upcoming posts.
But for now, we’ll report that starting several days ago, the two electronic billboard messages by Wyoming MassResistance shown above have been appearing in a dozen locations throughout the Gillette area. They will be up for about 10 days. The purpose is to wake up the community – and bring even more people into the fight. It’s definitely spreading the word to the people in town!
Billboards certainly bypass the local media – which is left-wing and anti-family just about everywhere – as well as avoid the growing censorship on social media regarding these issues.
It’s not the first time that a MassResistance chapter has put up a billboard – but we’ve never done it so widespread and aggressively.
Who paid for these? The project costs at least several hundred dollars. If this were the Left or the LGBT movement, there are plenty of rich liberals and corporations that would give them all the money they needed. But as we’ve all observed (and many have admitted), wealthy conservative businessmen are afraid of this kind of activism, and especially this issue. So the parents chipped in and are paying for the billboards themselves. This battle to clean up the children’s libraries will go on no matter what!
The following is adapted from a speech delivered on April 27, 2021, in Franklin, Tennessee, at a Hillsdale College National Leadership Seminar.
In 2007, America had one pediatric gender clinic; today there are hundreds. Testosterone is readily available to adolescents from places like Planned Parenthood and Kaiser, often on a first visit—without even a therapist’s note.
How did we get to this point? How is it that we are all supposed to pretend that the only way you can know I’m a woman is if I tell you my pronouns? How did we get to an America in which a 13-year-old in the State of Washington can begin “gender affirming” therapy without her parents’ consent? How did we get to an America in which a 15-year-old in Oregon can undergo “top surgery”—elective double mastectomy—without her parents’ permission? And what can we do about it?
To understand how we got to this point, it is useful to begin by considering gender dysphoria—the feeling of severe discomfort in a person’s biological sex. Gender dysphoria is certainly real. It is also exceedingly rare. It afflicts about 0.01 percent of the population, most of whom are male.
For nearly 100 years of diagnostic history, gender dysphoria typically began in early childhood, between the ages of two and four, and usually involved a boy who insisted that he was not a boy but a girl. Children afflicted are insistent, consistent, and persistent in the feeling that they are in the wrong body. It is by all accounts excruciating—I’ve talked to many transgender adults, most of them biological males, who describe the relentless chafe of a body that feels all wrong.
Historically, this has been the classic presentation of gender dysphoria. When these children were left alone—when no one intervened medically or encouraged what we today call “social transition”—over 70 percent of them naturally outgrew their gender dysphoria. Most of those who outgrew it became gay men. Those who did not outgrow it became what used to be known as transsexuals. They did not believe they were women, but they felt most comfortable presenting themselves as females.
Today, however, we don’t leave these children alone. Instead, the moment children seem not to be perfectly feminine or perfectly masculine, we label them as “trans kids.” Teachers encourage them to reintroduce themselves to their classes with new names and new pronouns. We take them to therapists or doctors, nearly all of whom practice so-called affirmative care—meaning they think it is their job to affirm the diagnosis of gender dysphoria and help the children medically transition.
The typical first step in treatment administered to these kids is puberty blockers, which shut down the part of the pituitary gland that directs the release of hormones catalyzing puberty. The most common of these drugs is Lupron, whose original purpose was the chemical castration of sex offenders. To this day, the FDA has never approved this drug for halting healthy puberty.
One has to wonder why a parent or a doctor would take measures to stop a child’s puberty, given that even a child with genuine gender dysphoria would most likely outgrow that condition if left alone. Some argue that it is traumatizing to let children go through the puberty of the sex to which they do not wish to belong. But in many cases, puberty seems to have helped children overcome gender dysphoria. The truth is that there is no satisfying answer, given that scientists have no way of predicting which children will outgrow the dysphoria on their own and which won’t.
Proponents of “affirmative care” also argue that allowing puberty to occur is dangerous, because suicide rates for trans-identified youth and trans adults are very high. Therefore, they say, we need to start treating children with gender dysphoria as soon and as dramatically as possible.
Yet there are no good long-term studies indicating that puberty blockers cure suicidality or even improve mental health. Nor are there studies that show puberty blockers are safe or reversible when used in this manner.
What we do know is that puberty blockers prevent the development of secondary sex characteristics, sexual maturation, and bone density. Indeed, because of the inhibition of bone density and other risks, doctors don’t like to keep children on puberty blockers for more than two years.
We also know that in almost every case when a child’s healthy puberty is medically arrested, placing the child out of step with his or her peers, that child proceeds to cross-sex hormones. And when puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones are administered to a girl, she becomes infertile. She may also have permanent sexual dysfunction given that her sex organs never reach adult maturity.
Given this, the claims made by so many doctors and gender activists today that these medical transition measures for children are safe and reversible—that they are a “pause button,” without serious downsides—are not only dishonest, but destructive. We would not accept this sort of glib salesmanship in any other area of medicine.
Trans Identification among Teenage Girls
As I mentioned, for the nearly 100-year history of scientific study of gender dysphoria, it has been diagnosed almost exclusively in young children, and mostly in boys. But over the last decade, large numbers of teenage girls have begun to claim they have gender dysphoria.
Prior to 2012, in fact, there was no scientific literature on gender dysphoria arising in teenage girls. Dr. Lisa Littman, then a Brown University public health researcher, used the phrase “rapid onset gender dysphoria” to refer to the subsequent sudden spike in transgender identification among teenage girls with no childhood history of gender dysphoria.
This spike is not unique to America—we see it across the Western world. To offer just one statistic, there has been a decade-to-decade increase of over 4,400 percent in the number of teenage girls seeking treatment at the United Kingdom’s national gender clinic. Across the West, teen girls are now the leading demographic claiming to have gender dysphoria.
What is behind this is social contagion—the spread of ideas, emotions, and behaviors through peer influence, one more instance of teenage girls sharing and spreading their pain. There is a long history of social contagion with this demographic—anorexia and bulimia are also spread this way. And we know that teen girls today are in the midst of the worst mental health crisis on record, with the highest rates of anxiety, self-harm, and clinical depression.
The teen girls susceptible to this social contagion are the same high-anxiety, depressive girls who struggle socially in adolescence and tend to hate their bodies. Add to that a school environment where you can achieve status and popularity by declaring a trans identity. Add to that the teenage temptation to stick it to mom. Also add the intoxicating influence of social media, where trans activists push the idea that identifying as trans and starting a course of testosterone will cure a girl’s problems. Put those together, and you have a fast-spreading social phenomenon.
I’ve spoken to families at top girls’ schools who attest that 15, 20, or in one case 30 percent of the girls in their daughter’s seventh grade class identify as trans. When you see figures like that, you’re witnessing a social contagion in action. There is no other reasonable explanation.
These teen girls are in a great deal of pain. Almost all of them have at some point dealt with an eating disorder, engaged in cutting, or been diagnosed with other mental health comorbidities. And now they’re being allowed to self-diagnose gender dysphoria by a medical establishment that has decided that its job is to affirm and agree with trans-identified adolescents.
Turning a Blind Eye
You may not know the name Keira Bell. She is a young woman in the U.K., very troubled in adolescence, who was rushed to transition in her teen years and came to regret it. She underwent double mastectomy and spent years on testosterone, only to realize that her problem had never been gender dysphoria. She sued the U.K.’s national gender clinic, and last December, after the High Court of Justice examined her case and the claims of similarly situated plaintiffs, she won.
The Court examined the medical protocols applied to Keira Bell—protocols identical to the ones we have in the United States—and was horrified that a young girl had been allowed to consent to begin a process of eliminating her future fertility and sexual function at an age, 15, when she could not possibly have gauged that loss.
Hailed as a “landmark case” by The Times of London, The Economist, and even The Guardian, Bell’s victory was widely viewed as a serious condemnation of the effort to fast-track teen girls to gender transition. One of the appalling things the Court noted was that the national gender clinic had been unable to show any psychological improvement in the adolescents it had treated with transitioning hormones.
If, as I suspect, you haven’t read or heard about the Keira Bell case, that’s because America’s legacy media decided to pretend the case didn’t happen. Similarly, they continue to ignore or dismiss the stories of the thousands of “detransitioners”—young women who underwent medical transition, later regretted it, and attempt to reverse course. A lot of the treatments these girls have undergone are permanent, but they do what they can to try to reverse some of the effects.
Thus it is that in the United States, this crisis among teenage girls gets treated as a political issue—a conservative issue—rather than a medical one. And so perhaps the greatest medical scandal of our time is dismissed as a conservative preoccupation.
The Assault on Women’s Sports and Safe Spaces
No discussion of gender ideology can ignore the ongoing movement to eradicate girls’ and women’s sports and protective spaces. Many or most of the people pushing this are not transgender themselves. But they are activists, they are energized, and they seem to be winning.
This movement promotes dangerous bills like the Equality Act, which would make it illegal ever to distinguish between biological men and women—and thus to exclude a biological male from a girls’ sports team or a women’s protective space, whether it be a restroom, locker room, or prison. We have these laws now in California and in the State of Washington—and as you might imagine, one result is that hundreds of biological male prisoners, many of them violent felons, have applied to transfer to women’s units.
For activists pushing this, it is not enough to create unisex bathrooms, a separate category for trans-identified athletes, or separate safe zones in prisons for trans-identified biological men. No, they are working to abolish all women’s-only spaces and they want to abolish them now.
The common thread running through these topics is that the truth is being obscured by gender ideology. Lies are told about the risks of the transition treatments administered to young children, both to play down the dangers of those treatments and to exaggerate the degree to which those treatments are known to be helpful. Lies are told about the researchers and journalists who attempt to report on the crisis of social contagion among teenage girls undergoing transition treatments. And lies are told about the movement to eradicate women’s protective spaces.
The gender ideology behind these lies is a sibling of critical race theory. While critical race activists are teaching kids that they are largely defined by their skin color, gender activists are teaching kids that there are a great many genders, and that only they know their true gender. And just as families who object to racial indoctrination in schools are told that their denials of racism are proof of racism, young women who object to biological males participating in girls’ sports are told that their objections are proof of transphobic bigotry.
These mendacious dogmas have corrupted our K-12 schools, our universities, and our legacy media, as well as our scientific journals and our medical accrediting organizations—the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, etc. To give you a sense of how far things have gone, I was informed late last year by a member of the National Association of Science Writers—an association of journalists with scientific backgrounds—that a member of the association’s online forum had been expelled for mentioning my book on the transgender social contagion among teenage girls. He hadn’t even read my book. He just mentioned that it sounded interesting, and for that he was banned as transphobic.
Similarly, endocrinologists, psychiatrists, pediatricians, and researchers who are concerned about the risks of gender interventions report that they struggle today to get their research published. And public and private funding of research is almost entirely restricted to researchers who promote gender transition and downplay the risks.
There are phalanxes of young doctors now, many of them in pediatrics or child psychiatry, who are open about their belief that their primary job is “social justice.” They unreservedly celebrate the increase in transitioning treatment of young people and are inexcusably complacent about the risks of those treatments. The Washington Post recently quoted some of these doctors to the effect that puberty blockers are fully reversible—which is not something that any honest doctor can claim to know. We simply don’t have the data to know whether puberty blockers are fully physically reversible when applied to halt healthy puberty—and they are certainly not psychologically reversible. We’re seeing a startling politicization of medicine and science, which is symptomatic of a larger woke corruption of American society.
Now, there’s something I make a point of saying whenever I speak, and I say it for the simple reason that it is true: transgender adults are some of the soberest and kindest people I have met in my work as a journalist. Many of them seem to have been helped by transition, and they are leading admirable and productive lives. They have no desire to harm women or to push transition on children. The gender ideology activists do not represent them.
My understanding of freedom includes a belief that society should allow adults to make consequential decisions about their lives, which includes choosing to undergo sex reassignment surgery. And whenever I am asked by a transgender adult, I use his or her chosen name and pronouns. This seems to me the courteous and the right thing to do. But—and this is a big but—I never lie. This means I never say, and I will never say, that trans women are women. I think reciting this lie leads, as we are seeing, to unjust and dangerous consequences for women and girls. It is not courteous or right to parrot these lies. It is the cowardly surrender of women’s welfare to the woke gods. And it is wrong.
I’m also often asked why it is that the gender ideology activists are doing what they are doing. What possible justification could there be, for instance, for telling small boys that they might be girls and small girls that they might be boys? My best guess at an answer occurred to me while talking to detransitioners. I heard repeatedly from these young women that while they were transitioning, they were angry and politically radical. They often cut off relations with their families, having been coached to do so online by gender activists. Related to this, if you look, you’ll notice a disproportionate number of gender-confused people among the ranks of Antifa in cities like Portland.
In other words, chaos is the point, and these troubled girls become prey for those who seek to recruit revolutionaries. Just as the destructive objective of critical race theory is to divide Americans racially, that of gender ideology is to disrupt the formation of stable families, the building blocks of American life.
So what do we do about it? How do we push back? First and foremost, we must oppose the indoctrination of children in gender ideology. There is no good reason for it, and it does real harm. We can absolutely insist that all children treat each other kindly without indoctrinating an entire generation in gender confusion.
Second, we must overcome our squeamishness and speak the truth in public. Wherever we find ourselves, we must refuse to recite lies. And we must always clearly distinguish between transgender Americans, generally wonderful people, and the ideological transgender movement, which seeks to warp children and weaken families.
This is a movement that would turn our children against themselves because its advocates know there is no greater harm—no quicker way to bring America to its knees—than by driving our children to do themselves irreversible damage. The people pushing this ideology have gotten a head start on us by perhaps a decade. But now I think they have awakened a sleeping giant. The success of my book is one indication. The many state legislatures that are now debating these issues is another.
These are our kids and grandkids. Our future depends on our winning this fight.
The end of a long road for those who have campaigned to bring this predator to justice.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal jury on Tuesday convicted a wealthy California political donor on charges he injected gay men with methamphetamine in exchange for sex, leading to two deaths and other overdoses.
Ed Buck, 66, was found guilty of all nine felony counts in federal court, which could lead to a life sentence. The verdict came exactly four years after one of the victims, 26-year-old Gemmel Moore, was found dead of an overdose in Buck’s West Hollywood apartment.
“Today is bittersweet,” LaTisha Nixon, Moore’s mother, said after the verdict. “We got victory today.”
The jury deliberated for more than four hours after a two-week trial. A sentencing date has not yet been scheduled.
Prosecutors said Buck paid men and provided drugs in return for sex acts. Buck had pleaded not guilty. His defense lawyers said neither fatal overdose victim died from meth and that many of the alleged victims were drug addicts.
Buck’s attorneys — one of whom was a prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson case — did not immediately return a request for comment.
Buck’s 2019 arrest marked a turning point for activists who protested outside his apartment and pressured law enforcement to act after Moore died on Buck’s floor in 2017.
Even after Timothy Dean, 55, died 18 months later, it took another nine months and the near-death of another overdose victim before Buck was arrested in September 2019.
“This man did some terrible things to human beings,” Joann Campbell, one of Dean’s sisters, said after the verdict.
Family members and activists had pushed for Buck’s arrest since Moore died. They said Buck escaped criminal charges for years because of wealth, political ties and race.
“Ed Buck will never harm anyone else, and I thank God for that,” said Joyce Jackson, another of Dean’s sisters.
Buck is a wealthy white man who was active in LGBT causes and animal rights issues. He has given more than $500,000 to mostly Democratic politicians and causes since 2000.
Prosecutors say he exploited vulnerable men — most of them black — by paying them to come to his home to use drugs and engage in sex play to satisfy a fetish. Many were destitute drug users who often worked as prostitutes to support their habit.
The defense contends all the men were at Buck’s apartment of their own will and that Moore and Dean did not die from methamphetamine.
“I know this has been an arduous, lengthy and difficult process,” U.S. District Judge Christine A. Snyder told jurors after she read the verdict, according to the Los Angeles Times.
One of the prosecutors dropped to her knees and wept in the courthouse hallway after the jury was dismissed, the Times reported.
During the trial, Dane Brown testified that he had overdosed in Buck’s apartment twice in one week in September 2019. He told investigators he had been living in a hotel on Skid Row when he met Buck on Adam4Adam, a gay dating and escort site, and moved in with him for part of summer 2019.
Brown said Buck injected him with meth nearly daily for five weeks, according to court documents. After his second overdose, Brown said Buck refused to call an ambulance and Brown was forced to call 911 at a nearby gas station.
“I didn’t think I was going to believed,” Brown said after the verdict. “Walking out of that house, I didn’t know what was going to happen next.”
Another deadly vehicle attack reminiscent of Charlottesville — except it wasn’t.
On Saturday, a white pickup truck ran into a crowd of people at a “Gay Pride” parade in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, killing one person and injuring another. The city’s mayor, Dean Trantalis (D), who was in attendance of course, immediately declared the incident was “a terrorist attack against the LGBT community.”
Trantalis insisted: “This is exactly what it is. Hardly an accident. It was deliberate, it was premeditated, and it was targeted against a specific person. Luckily they missed that person, but unfortunately, they hit two other people.” That assumed “targeted” person was Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D), who was likewise in attendance.
As always, the (D) is for “Duh.”
Of course, Trantalis immediately claimed “terrorism” — shades of Charlottesville — because he was hoping for just that.
However, it turns out that the driver of the truck and the victims were all associated with the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus. The 77-year-old driver could not manage to walk the route so he was selected to drive as the lead vehicle.
The group’s leader, Justin Knight, clarified, “This was not an attack on the LGBTQ community. … We are deeply saddened by the tragic death and injuries that occurred as a result of an unfortunate accident at the start of the Stonewall Pride Parade.”
Video of the driver’s arrest moments after the incident clearly showed he was wearing a “Gay Men’s Chorus” shirt. Given that Trantalis claimed he was an “eyewitness” to the incident, that should have given him a moment’s pause.
Endeavoring to walk back his inexcusable “terrorist attack” assertion, a day later Trantalis said: “Last evening, at the start of what was to be a celebration of pride for the LGBT community and commemoration of our hard-won victories for equality, our community faced the worst of tragedies. … I was an eyewitness to the horrifying events. It terrorized me and all around me. … I feared it could be intentional based on what I saw from mere feet away. … As the facts continue to be pieced together, a picture is emerging of an accident in which a truck careened out of control.”
Right. “The facts.”
The fact is that such assumptions and assertions are typical of leftist Demos and their media parrots who are always trying to advance a false narrative, pandering to their constituents while dividing us as a nation. I’m just surprised that Trantalis didn’t claim the driver was an “insurrectionist.”
A bill implementing a new sexual education curriculum across the state of Illinois has passed in the legislature in spite of massive Republican opposition and is now headed for Democratic Governor J.B. Pritzker’s desk for signature.
According to Capitol News Illinois, the bill passed the state House on Friday after passing in the Senate the week prior.
The bill will create a new “personal health and safety” curriculum for kindergarten through fifth grade and a “sexual health education” for sixth through twelfth grades.
The bill passed despite intense resistance from conservatives over curriculum guidelines touted as “culturally appropriate,” which will include education on “gender identities, different types of families, sexual orientation, consent and a woman’s options during pregnancy.”
Capitol News continues:
One issue at the heart of the contention is what Republicans have referred to as the bill’s “all-or-nothing” approach.
Under current law, parents and guardians may opt their student out of sex education classes with no penalty. That provision would remain in the new legislation.
While a previous version of the legislation set a mandatory deadline by which all schools would be required to teach sex ed, the most recent amendment allows each individual school district to determine whether it will teach the subject.
However, if a district decides to offer sexual health education, the curriculum must use all or part of the curriculum established by the bill.
Republican lawmakers in the Senate argued school districts downstate and in rural areas would choose to not offer sex education rather than choosing to offer a curriculum that is contrary to the values and beliefs of their residents. They said it would result in fewer students having access to essential sexual health information.
The legislation’s other guidelines require that the new sex-ed curricula be aligned with National Sex Education Standards, an initiative by private organizations to provide “guidance on essential minimum core content and skills needed for sex education that is age-appropriate.”
Aligning state education standards with out-of-state guidelines designed by private groups, some of whom are listed in the standards as representing Planned Parenthood, was a major point of contention for the state’s Republican lawmakers.
As for the actual content of the guidelines, students will be required to identify and name parts of the human body, including genitalia, and be able to define “gender, gender identity, and gender roles” by the end of second grade, as well as consent, personal boundaries, child sexual abuse, and how to report child sexual abuse to a trusted adult.
The guidelines will require children to learn where they can access short-term and long-term contraception and what methods of contraception can be obtained without a prescription by the end of eighth grade.
MassResistance helps conservative, minority residents fight back against left-wing politicians.
This is how pro-family victories need to happen!
April 1, 2021
The Downey, CA, City Council listens as the clerk reads the angry emails they received from residents against a proposed city-sponsored “LGBT youth picnic.”
The pro-family movement far too often fails to realize that when it comes to the Left’s attempt to push their agenda onto society, every battle is important. And seemingly “little” victories are often particularly critical in the larger picture.
Downey, California is a largely minority, working-class suburb of Los Angeles. The residents are also very conservative. Until just six years ago the Downey City Council was entirely Republican.
Downey, CA – a conservative, working-class suburb southeast of Los Angeles.
Then the California Legislature changed the election laws to allow ballot harvesting, mail-in voting, extended voting, etc. The Los Angeles County Democrat machine targeted Downey. They ran progressives and left-wing activists for the various local offices, and aggressively used ballot harvesting and the other fraudulent techniques to make sure their candidates won. Before people realized what was happening, their government had changed radically. Downey’s minority residents, in particular, felt helpless.
The Left appeared to have free reign to change Downey. But it hasn’t been so easy, thanks to MassResistance!
The battle started in 2019
Part of the leftist agenda is to bring extremely graphic and explicit sex-ed programs into the schools. In 2019, the Downey School Board overwhelmingly passed a “comprehensive sex-ed” curriculum for the middle school and high school grades. Right away, parents were upset with the phony “public vetting” process that had revealed little about it. And the school refused to make the details of the curriculum public. So parents asked MassResistance for help.
Our California MassResistance group forced the school officials to reveal what was really in that curriculum – and we exposed it to the public. But we didn’t stop there. We organized parents from across town to storm the School Board and demand that the curriculum be thrown out.
During a School Board meeting. The parents refused to give up!
MassResistance parents pose for a photo in the hallway just after a School Board meeting.
The fight lasted for six months. The School Board did not want to upset their left-wing allies. But finally, in May 2020, the Downey School Board surrendered and agreed to abandon the curriculum. So far, it hasn’t been replaced with anything.
It was a great victory. As a result, the Downey parents formed one of the most robust MassResistance groups in California!
A pastor talks to a MassResistance gathering at a local church.
Last month: Another fight, another win!
Last month, the Left tried another tactic. They felt it was time for the City of Downey to begin sponsoring a public LGBT event. The city would organize an “LGBT youth picnic” in a local park. That may seem relatively inconsequential. But it would be made into a very powerful statement – and leveraged into more official events in the future.
As the local media reported on March 20, the LGBT picnic proposal was to be brought up three days later at the March 23 Downey City Council meeting by Council Member Catherine Alvarez, an “openly bisexual woman,” along with Council Member Mario Trujillo, who is “married” to another man.
Council members Catherine Alvarez (left) and Mario Trujillo made it their goal to push the LGBT agenda.
It looked like this proposal would sail through the City Council. The article observed, this move is part of Downey’s “transformation away from political conservatism.” (Well – maybe not!)
The people overwhelm the left-wing politicians
Word quickly got out, people across town became very upset, and the Downey MassResistance chapter helped residents get involved. As a result, in the three days leading up to the March 23 meeting, the Mayor and City Council got a flood of calls and emails. Not surprisingly, Trujillo reacted by carrying on about “bigotry” and “homophobia.” But people weren’t intimidated.
At the March 23 meeting when the City Council meeting took up that item, Alvarez began by encouraging the Council to pass it. She didn’t make a very compelling argument:
It’s more likely as a celebration for a Pride Month. I know that last year, the Downey youth organized a Pride march outside of city hall. I think everyone remembers that. They did this because the youth wanted the LGBT people to feel welcome to our community. They wanted to express themselves, that there are LGBT people in this city.
Mayor Claudia Frometa was clearly a bit skittish due to the constituent pressure opposing this, and he countered that argument:
If we approve an event like this, we are setting a precedent, we are opening our city for every group that wants to host something, is going to come knocking on our door, so that we pay for it, Any group is welcome to host whatever event they want, our city’s parks are available. They have to set up their own sponsorship. They do it. It shouldn’t be a city-sponsored anything.
(Of course, setting a precedent is exactly what the Left wants to do!)
Next, Council Member Trujillo spoke at length about the need to publicly fight homophobia and bigotry, not only in Downey but across the country. He listed cities across the country that sponsor “Gay Pride Month” events.
But that didn’t seem to be enough to save it. The other two members of the City Council were not in a mood to go against the flood of opposition to this:
Mayor Pro-tem Blanca Pacheco said she objected to holding an LGBT youth picnic because of the COVID-19 restrictions and also because of the “optics”, given that the city was low on funds, and it would look bad for the city to spend money on something like a Pride event.
Sean Ashton, another liberal on the City Council, said that he supported the idea of an LGBT youth picnic, but did not think that the city should go forward with it because the city needed to address infrastructure issues.
After the Council Members made their remarks, the City Clerk read out comments that were submitted via email. Every single emailed response opposed the LGBT youth picnic! Here are just a few samples that we got via a FOIA request:
Homosexuality and transgenderism are not inherent, genetic traits. These are behaviors that cut the lifespan sort of individuals who engage in them. There are not behaviors to promote to the public, and should not be permitted around children.
Today you have decided to vote whether or not the City should fund an LGBTQ picnic. Did you consider the majority of residents in Downey who would not want this picnic to be funded by the city? Unbelievable that you would even consider it. That’s not why you were voted into office.
Do not bring divisiveness camouflaged as inclusion. Let’s use city funds to promote COMMUNITY, not specific groups. Remember, you are public servants working for the whole community, not just a small minority of the public sector.
If people who identify as LGBTQ want to have a picnic, then they can have a picnic. No one is stopping from gathering at a park and having a picnic. But there is no reason that the city needs to “officially” sanction this activity.
I have lived in this community for almost 20 years now. I like to live in Downey, but I recently informed that Downey is moving forward to have LGBTQ Picnic. I am furious at the members of Downey Council who consider this. We are not paying taxes to promote personal benefits, but for community.
Next, several people testified via Zoom. A few of them spoke out about so-called “homophobia,” but the majority of the Zoom participants were also strongly against it.
Thus, three of the Council Members would not commit to supporting the picnic, and the vast majority of comments from the public opposed the picnic. Relenting to the clear opposition to the idea, Councilmember Alvarez agreed to abandon the picnic proposal, and instead allow for a proclamation in June 2021 to “celebrate Pride Month,” The Council informally agreed to that, and the matter was done. (However, the Downey MassResistance group is planning to demand a resolution also be passed to celebrate natural marriage, life, and family.)
The people won again! The left-wing politicians were again forced to back down.
We can’t stress how incredibly important it is to give relatively powerless parents and citizens – especially minorities whom the Left often targets – a strong way to successfully fight back in today’s world. The Left is out to subjugate everyone. But they can be stopped. We must remember that every battle is important!
For 7 years Australian LGBT activist Garry Burns has pursued vexatious litigation against army officer Bernard Gaynor, who objected to armed forces in uniform illegally taking part in homosexual parades.
Gaynor was acquitted by a court after a massive ordeal but since then Burns has never stopped pursuing him with a vendetta, helped by LGBT charities who provide him with funding.
He has lodged thirty-seven complaints and it is now 1,967 days since the New South Wales legal system first ruled that it had no jurisdiction over them.
In fact, there have been two additional rulings since then that went even further: they found that the system set up before late 2017 was also unconstitutional.
Yet Gaynor, a father of a family, is still in court because the legal system kept an unconstitutional process going for years.
To rub salt into the wounds, last week the New South Wales Local Court decided that Burns needed to be given a fourth opportunity in these matters to file a statement of claim. Only homosexuals would be treated with such privilege by the system.
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Eccentricity, says Ambrose Bierce in his Devil’s Dictionary, is “a method of distinction so cheap that fools employ it to accentuate their incapacity.” If you’re looking for fools, and want to observe them accentuating their incapacity, you need look no further than contemporary sexual progressivists. Though, I must warn you, you may not know whether to laugh or cry.
Exhibit A would be a 19 March op-ed in TheWashington Post entitled: “The latest form of transphobia: Saying lesbians are going extinct,” by Lynne Stahl, a humanities librarian at West Virginia University. Stahl objects to concerns among gays and lesbians that transgenderism represents an existential threat to their existence. You might be curious as to how one member of the LGBTQ acronym could possibly be a threat to two of the others. The answer, explains Stahl, is that many gay and lesbian persons fear that the popularity of transgenderism persuades many, rather than remaining “cisgender” gay or lesbian, to “transition” to the other gender.
Stahl, a self-described “cisgender lesbian,” describes such concerns as another manifestation of “transphobia,” by which she means that people expressing such fears, including heterosexuals, are exhibiting their own prejudices and biases against another victim class, namely, transsexuals. This is ironic (or, one might say, hypocritical), given that homosexual persons are supposed to also be a group of oppressed persons with grievances against an oppressive, “heteronormative” American society. As George Orwell vis-a-vis his classic Animal Farm might note, the oppressed, upon their ascension to power, have a tendency to become the oppressors they so emphatically despise and malign.
Yet for me, the main take-away was how utterly absurd and blinkered contemporary progressivist sexuality has become. Stahl, for example, describes herself as a “lesbian researcher of tomboyism trained in queer theory.” What, might I ask, does it mean to be “trained in queer theory”? Is that an actual academic discipline, or sub-discipline, in credentialed universities? Who funds such stupid things? What on earth does it mean that she researches “tomboyism,” as if that is actually a thing worth investing academic resources and mental energy in studying?
Indeed, Stahl’s op-ed is overflowing with contrived, self-indulgent nonsense demonstrative of how absurd and unserious the secular academy has truly become in its adoption of pseudoscience and spurious jargon. She discusses how some worry that “lesbians are being ‘seduced’ into transmasculinity.” She approvingly cites categories like “homophile,” “invert,” and “female husband” as real things, comparable, I suppose, to boy or girl, dog or cat, tree or grass.
“Transmasculine.” “Nonbinary.” “Cisgender.” “Queerness.” What is all of this claptrap? If my two deceased Catholic grandfathers (God rest their souls) were to attempt to read such gibberish, they would think it was a bizarre joke, or even another language, perhaps a bastardized form of some ivory-tower English. If I stretch my intellectual imagination into the most absurd contortions, I think I can follow the logic (or illogic, as it were) of Stahl’s argument.
But why should anyone even bother doing this? To even try and make sense of Stahl’s argument is to enter into a fictional, self-absorbed world defined by an indulgent obsession with one’s gender and sexuality. Today his clothes were a little too stylish and form-fitting and he exhibited some feminine behaviors—perhaps he possesses some metrosexual, heteronormative-transgressing tendencies. Yesterday she played in the mud and joined in the neighborhood football game—that has tomboyistic, transmasculine traits written all over it.
Or boys are boys, and girls are girls, and certain qualities—physical, emotional, social, and psychological—typically define one sex and not the other. Certainly, there are exceptions to the rule and some grey areas, but generally, when children are raised by loving, engaged mothers and fathers in stable households, they evince certain qualities that have been associated with their sex since the earliest human records. Or, as our Catechism teaches, “Sexuality affects all aspects of the human person in the unity of his body and soul. It especially concerns affectivity, the capacity to love and to procreate, and in a more general way the aptitude for forming bonds of communion with others. Everyone, man and woman, should acknowledge and accept his sexual identity. Physical, moral, and spiritual difference and complementarity are oriented toward the goods of marriage and the flourishing of family life”.
The sexual revolution rejected the givenness of the human person and his or her sexuality as understood by biblical tradition and natural law, instead declaring that “a woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle,” in the unfortunately immortal words of feminist Irina Dunn. The pill gave us unfettered freedom to pursue sexual promiscuity with little immediately observable effects (long-term consequences are another thing). Creative, or one might more aptly say demonic, use of plastic enabled us to engage in sexual acts that had typically resulted in sexually-transmitted diseases. And the pseudoscience of the Kinsey Reports sought to normalize the most perverse, anti-human, anti-social forms of sexual deviance.
And yet, more than two generations from this disastrous garbage, people like Stahl press on. The problem, they tell us, is that too many oppressive heteronormative, cisgender power structures remain. We still, despite the propaganda pumped through our television screens, popular music, movie theaters, and magazines, have not completely dispensed with certain outdated conceptions of sexual identity and behavior. Thus, the revolution must proceed, reflecting the so-called Tocqueville effect. No matter how many broken marriages, wrecked childhoods, and permanently mutilated bodies it leaves in its wake, the project must prevail.
Woke sexuality, as Stahl’s article so patently proves, descends into incomprehensible jibber jabber. It is entirely disconnected from reality: the reality of philosophical logic, the reality of biology, and the reality of common sense. To say as much risks being labeled imaginative slurs like “homophobic” or “transphobic.” So be it. The teachings of Christ and His Church must be upheld and proclaimed for the sake of truth and the salvation of the world, including our confused neighbors who undermine and obscure their callings as God’s beautiful creations.
As St. Paul declared, “they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed for ever!” They exchanged natural relations for unnatural, indulging in “dishonorable passions” and committing “shameless acts” (Romans 1). What is shameless, in addition to Stahl’s twisted conception of the human person and human sexuality, is that she actually thinks she’s saving the world. May God help us.
One homosexual murders another – the press reports the victim as a “woman” and the killer avoids jail. This is the level of depravity society is now expected to applaud as the “gay lifestyle”…
Rian Ross Toyer, a former corporal in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has escaped jail time after being convicted for the manslaughter of Filipino transgender “Mhelody” Bruno in 2019.
Bruno passed as a woman but was a male prostitute. He sought partners on Grindr and allowed Toyer, one of his customers, to choke him during sex. After a few sessions of this lethal practice, Bruno not surprisingly died of asphyxiation.
Toyer told the Australian court that it was all consensual. “He conceded that Bruno had never requested to be choked, but he told police he had never asked for the practice to stop.” Justice Gordon Lerve decided this was not murder and “The matter is towards the lower end on the scale of seriousness for matters of manslaughter.” Toyer was sentenced to only 500 hours community service as part of a 22-month Intensive Correction Order.
Remember this next time gays are whinging about how oppressed they are, and how transgenders are always getting killed. If anyone is killing them, it’s not heterosexuals. It’s their own depraved lifestyle that is to blame.