Michael Brown has been hard at work establishing himself among the Religious Right’s cadre of militant anti-gay activists with the publication of his book “A Queer Thing Happened to America” and by writing pieces, published by the American Family Association’s OneNewsNow, in which he asserts that “gay activism” was responsible for the brutal murder of 15 year-old openly gay eight grader Lawrence King in 2008:
After all, it is gay activists who constantly remind us that LGBT kids are bullied and even beaten up at school. They tell us how dangerous the school environment is for kids who identify as LGBT, and yet at the same time, they praise kids like Larry for coming out at 10. They even want more Gay Straight Alliances in our middle schools, where pre-teens can declare their gay identity to their peers and faculty advisors without their parents’ knowledge. Why? So they can become targets of hatred and potential violence? If our schools really are so “homophobic” and dangerous, why not encourage these kids to keep their sexual orientation to themselves until they’re in a safer environment?
Some of the teachers in Larry’s school, along with his adoptive father, specifically accused former assistant principal Joy Epstein, an open lesbian, of encouraging Larry’s flamboyant behavior in order to promote her “agenda.” If there is any truth to this, it is not just irresponsible, it is reprehensible. (At the least, there is no indication that she discouraged his pushy, sexual behavior.) How could an experienced educator act in such a way, especially with a boy who had such a troubled history? And is it possible that Larry could have benefited from ongoing counseling about his sexuality? Yet gay activists adamantly oppose any form of counseling that does not affirm homosexuality.
What about the other administrators? Why didn’t they prevent Larry from dressing up like a girl when teachers reported to them that it was causing disruption among the students? The official school answer is that California law, passed at the urging of gay activists, prevents discrimination based on gender identity or expression, and so Larry was able to come to school wearing women’s accessories and makeup. Was it fair to push this on Larry’s classmates, themselves young teenagers sorting through their own issues of sexual identity? Was it fair to Larry?
And what is to be said of this memo sent out to the entire eighth grade? “We have a student on campus who has chosen to express his sexuality by wearing make-up. It is his right to do so.” In eighth grade? His “right?” What a travesty! Yet this is a “right” gay activists aggressively fight for, as if this somehow makes our schools “safer” and provides a better learning environment for all the kids. Nonsense.
It is true that Brandon McInerney murdered Larry King in cold blood, but gay activism is complicit in his death.