Parents read a sexually explicit LGBT-themed book found in Maine schools in a new Maine Families First PAC ad that aired online and on Maine’s 2nd congressional district television stations. The ad started airing last night.
“I’m really horrified that this is happening in our schools,” says a parent.
“It is not the job of schools to introduce pornography to our children,” said another.
In the final days of the gubernatorial contest between former Governor Paul LePage and Governor Janet Mills, the ad draws a direct line between the graphic books that have been popping up in Maine schools in recent years and Mills, a Democrat from extreme left that has embraced the radical genre. ideology throughout the state government and school system.
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Claremont Institute President Thomas Klingenstein supports Maine Families First PAC and recently wrote an op-ed advocating for a strong ban on pornography in Maine schools.
“Governor Mills says local school boards should decide for themselves if their schools offer books like Gender QueerKlingenstein wrote. “She claims she is neutral. That’s not true.”
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The ad is the second to hit Mills on the topic of sexually explicit material in Maine classrooms. The first advertisement, which showed images of a book called “Gender Queer”, was rejected by several Maine television stations as too pornographic to air. Even after the PAC added additional blurring and censorship to graphic sexual images, some TV stations balked.
During the latest gubernatorial debate, Mills insisted she wasn’t taxing books for schools, but she dodged a direct question about her administration’s role in recommending the book for Maine schools. .
However, the Maine Department of Education has partnered with the left-leaning nonprofit Out Maine, an LGBT advocacy group that has championed the inclusion of Gender Queer and other explicit books in schools.
“You will hear people speaking out against this inclusive book, posters and policies, often without facts but using whatever language they can to scare people,” Out Maine wrote in a press release regarding Gender Queer. “OUT Maine asks you to consider how many of them took the opportunity to read the book.”
Under Mills, the taxpayer dollars given to Out Maine, as well as its partnership with the Department of Education, increased dramatically. The group is listed as a resource for students, parents and teachers on several state websites.
In 2016, the group reported $36,717 in government grants. In 2018, that number grew to $62,726. In 2019, the group reported $112,690 in taxpayer funding.
Out Maine received more than $215,000 in government funding in 2020, according to tax filings.
Out Maine describes its work as providing specialized programming for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer youth. As part of this work, he seeks to establish “Gay-Straight-Trans Alliance” clubs in Maine schools.
The Out Maine website also offers free breast binders, a type of compression garment designed to conceal an individual’s breasts.
According to the Out Maine website, they will give these chest binders to 14 year olds for free, but 13 and under need a parent or guardian.