Elementary Schools Warn of “Controversial” Same-Sex Relationship in Captain Underpants Book

Some of my fondest memories from elementary school took place at the Scholastic Book Fair, the traveling marketplace of kids’ literature that would set up shop in the library every year. I loved perusing each and every shelf, figuring out what books I’d beg my mom to buy me. My brother especially treasured the Captain Underpants series, and so I started reading them too.

The Scholastic Book Fair is still alive and well, and so is the Captain Underpants series. In fact, the books are evolving with the times; the latest installment, Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-a-lot, discusses how one of the main male characters grows up to marry another man.

Eleven-year-old me would have been delighted. But not surprisingly, the mere mention of a same-sex relationship has some schools taking a step back from the book, with reactions ranging from warnings about “controversial” content to pulling the book entirely.

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Utah Foster Moms Forced To Give Up Baby Because Judge Believes Heterosexuals Make Better Parents

As far as any state is concerned, Beckie Peirce and April Hoagland are model parents. They got married last year in Utah, applied to become foster parents, and recently welcomed a baby girl into their home through the foster system. They’re already raising two biological children, and they were planning to adopt the baby.

But because they’re a same-sex couple, a judge in Utah has demanded their baby be taken away and placed with a heterosexual couple.

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Day Care Workers File Complaint After Getting Fired For Not Using Trans Child’s Preferred Name

As the chatter about Houston’s failed Equal Rights Ordinance starts to quiet down, the greater conversation about how we treat transgender people in society is not going anywhere.

All too often, for example, we hear stories about transgender children being mistreated, misgendered, or harassed by adults who get away with it because of unsupportive school systems or broken policies. In Katy, Texas this week, the story is a little different: two day care workers were reprimanded because they refused to call a six-year-old transgender child by his preferred name, as his parents requested.

Now, the employees are taking legal action.

One of them, Madeline Kirksey, is filing a formal complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The other, Akesha Wyatt, has chimed in to say she doesn’t think her termination was fair. Their attorney, Andy Taylor, who famously helped to repeal HERO, says they were fired for their beliefs.

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Newt Gingrich Says Congress Should Block Transgender Students’ Rights

This week on Conservatives Say The Darndest Things:

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich appeared on a Houston radio show recently to promote his new book, and he took the opportunity to laud Houston voters for taking away basic human rights via repealing the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO).

But then he went a step further, calling trans rights a “strange” cultural phenomenon and suggesting Congress take away the rights of trans students altogether.

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Pastor Kevin Swanson: Better To Drown Than Let Your Kids Read Harry Potter

Pastor Kevin Swanson, friend of conservative Republicans and hater of feminism, Girl Scout Cookies, LGBT people, Disney movies and everything else that is good in the world, has added Harry Potter to his list of social evils.

Right Wing Watch grabbed a clip of Swanson speaking at the National Religious Liberties Conference (following Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee and Bobby Jindal, for what it’s worth). 

In a presentation that is nothing short of terrifying, he yells (yells!):

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