Ohio Republican: Public Library Not the Place for Gay Sex Tips

Man, sometimes those nasty, awful Christian Republicans have the strangest ideas about the world, do they not? Take Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder. This guy thinks that it’s inappropriate to hold an LGBT Pride event at a public library for the purpose of giving gay teens safe sex tips and teaching them how to apply makeup for a drag show. What a square, right! Oh, you mean this is the way most Americans feel about the use of taxpayer money and resources? Huh, who would’ve thought.

In a letter to the Ohio Library Council last week, Householder objected to Newark’s county library holding a Pride week event in which teenagers would be given the tips mentioned above.

“When I was first informed our public libraries were being used to teach teenage boys how to become drag queens, I thought it was a joke,” Householder said. “But the joke is apparently on the taxpayers, who fund our libraries. This is a stunningly bizarre breach of the public trust. And it must stop. Let me be crystal clear: This isn’t about banning books or banning thought or any other red herring argument. This is about right and wrong. This is about being good stewards of the public’s money.”

The Ohio Pride Coalition was, of course, incensed by the letter. They released an open letter of their own to the citizens of Newark, explaining that they were putting on the event with the use of an independent grant.

“We appreciate Speaker Householder’s concern for the use of public funding. We are also happy to share that this event is fully funded by an independent non-governmental grant, which was acquired by the Newark Ohio Pride Coalition,” they said. “As such, a total of $0 of public money is being used for this event.”

Of course, the use of taxpayer money is not limited to the event but to the library itself. And thus, it is very much in Ohio’s public interest to have a say in what will and will not be an appropriate use of the library grounds. Because whether or not any public funds were actually to be used in hiring drag performers and gay sex experts, the fact remains that by hosting the event, the government is putting its tacit – if not explicit – stamp of approval on the content of that event.

As it happens, it’s now a moot point. The library chose to cancel the event altogether rather than move forward with the controversial class. That’s probably best for all involved.


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