Don’t protect the LBGT community over a child’s innocence. Ever.
A book highlighting different types of families, including one headed by a lesbian couple, has been pulled from a large book fair in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv over fears of possible violence.
The book, Maya And Her Moms, has sparked an outcry on social media and elsewhere, with religious-conservative and nationalist groups lambasting the book and liberals defending it.
Ukrainian authorities have increased their support for gay rights since a pro-Western government took power following the Euromaidan protests in 2014. In 2015, a law was passed banning workplace discrimination against the LGBT community.
In what was seen as a positive step, a gay-pride parade went off largely without incident in Kyiv in July, a far cry from a similar event in 2015.
But critics say homophobic attitudes remain widespread, as illustrated by the potentially violent reaction to the book, written by the well-known Ukrainian author Larysa Denysenko.
Maya And Her Moms tells the story of 17 children from 17 different types of families, including Maya’s, which is headed by a lesbian couple. The book also tells the story of a child conceived through artificial insemination; another whose parents are migrants; and a child from a divorced family.
Denysenko has indicated that showing that families come in different sizes and types was not her only intention.
“I try to convey the message that a child needs a loving family where they feel protected, and it does not matter how it is labeled by anyone,” she reportedly wrote on her Facebook page.
Thanks to her efforts to promote understanding and tolerance, Denysenko — along with two other Ukrainian authors, Iyubko Deresh and Mariana Savka, — was named a “goodwill ambassador” of the United Nations on September 9.
Maya And Her Moms was to be featured at the Lviv Book Forum on September 15 during a discussion on children’s literature but was pulled on September 11 after the event’s organizers and city officials received warnings.
“Publisher,” the Ukrainian publishing firm behind the book, explained that 15 organizations, including a local branch of the ultranationalist Right Sector, had sent a letter to the book forum’s organizers earlier this month, urging them to drop the book from the event.
I supported the LGBT community back when I was a liberal. I was told like so many others that it was normal and that they were just two human beings in love. It wasn’t until I learned how the left would more than willingly kill homosexuals in exchange for Islam that I began to look deeper.
At the end of the day, I don’t care if someone identifies as homosexual. I think they are more likely to end up dying an early death or being unhappy because that’s what all medical studies and statistics have showcased (and not due to a lack of tolerance from the public mind you). But at the end of the day, it’s their choice. Even if more and more surgeons are needed to sew up their enlarged holes because…well… we don’t need to go there. Yeah, that’s a thing. And it’s gross.
But don’t put this stuff in children’s TV shows, their movies, or their literature. A child’s innocence is the most important thing. It’s what helps to carry forward a strong generation.
Just last week a kindergarten teacher was discovered to have been teaching her kids about transgenderism. The kids came home crying because they didn’t understand and they started questioning their own gender. NOT OKAY. NOT EVER EVEN IN THE SLIGHTEST WAY IS THAT OKAY!
This is why I admire the Ukrainians right now. They said no. They told this author that they wouldn’t tolerate what she was pushing. I hope we see more actions such as this. And I hope more people are brave enough to withstand the social bullets that come along with saying, no, I’m not okay with the LGBT community. Sixty years ago crowded university audiences laughed when speakers told them that there was a growing “queer” lobby in Washington, D.C. You’re not laughing now, are you?