You’ve heard of Drag Queen Story Hour for kids. This is different, and a more graphic story that is definitely not a subject for children, even if it is in the school libraries.
Anchorage resident and House candidate Jay McDonald used his three minutes of testimony time in front of the Anchorage School Board on Tuesday night to give the board members an elementary lesson in how to have gay sex.
He read a passage from “This Book is Gay,” by Juno Dawson. It’s a book marketed to young adults but which is available in at least three school libraries in the Anchorage School District — an elementary, middle, and high school.
McDonald wasn’t able to get through the entire passage, which included explicit instructions on how to give a satisfying hand-job orgasm and a blow-job orgasm between male partners. He never got to the part about anal sex. He was interrupted by Board member Carl Jacobs.
But McDonald made it though enough of the explicit passage to make his point, and told the Anchorage School Board that he had been told numerous times by school officials that the book was not in the school library stacks. Board Chair Margo Bellamy, who had dialed into the meeting from her hotel room, called for a point of order, and was visibly uncomfortable.
Not only is the book in the library stacks, it’s in at least one elementary school and has been checked out at least 38 times, McDonald said, referring to the data available online.
Jacobs said the reading of the book violated decorum and that McDonald needed to get to the point. McDonald responded that he had just one question: What is the learning outcome that is expected from this book?
“The passage I read was right after a chapter explaining in detail how to meet men for sex anonymously online and through apps,” McDonald explained after leaving the board meeting Tuesday. McDonald is a candidate for House District 12, running against a liberal.
Amazon.com describes the book as a “bestselling young adult non-fiction book on sexuality and gender! Lesbian. Gay. Bisexual. Transgender. Queer. Straight. Curious. This book is for everyone, regardless of gender or sexual preference. This book is for anyone who’s ever dared to wonder. This book is for YOU.”
“There’s a long-running joke that, after ‘coming out,’ a lesbian, gay guy, bisexual, or trans person should receive a membership card and instruction manual. THIS IS THAT INSTRUCTION MANUAL. You’re welcome,” the book promotion says.