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Trevor Project Makes a Book Donation to a School in Need of LGBTQ Literacy

by Kilian Melloy
Friday Jan 18, 2019

It would seem that youth suicide prevention organization the Trevor Project has taken on a new goal: LGBTQ literacy. The advocacy group has donated 100 copies of the gay-friendly children's book "A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo" to Immanuel Christian School, multiple media outlets report.

Immanuel is a private religious school in Virginia, not far from Washington, D.C., where gay and trans kids are not welcome — and neither are GLBTQ parents. Students or parents who don't explicitly agree that they are not allies are also excluded.

The school made headlines this week when it was announced that Karen Pence, the wife of notoriously homophobic Vice President Mike Pence, would take a position there as an art instructor.

But the really juicy part? "A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo," about a male rabbit who meets and falls in love with another male cottontail, is itself a gaytastic parody of a kids' book illustrated by Karen Pence and written by daughter Charlotte Pence. That book — titled "Marlon Bundo's Day in the Life of the Vice President" — tells a story about the Pence family rabbit.

As the Huffington Post reported in a story about the Trevor Project's pro-diversity aid package, sales of the rainbow version of the bunny book support the Trevor Project.

The Washington Post noted that the Trevor Project enclosed a note along with their donation, advising the school that, "Policies and rhetoric that exclude or reject LGBTQ youth can lead to increased risk for suicide and depression, and it's our organization's mission to end suicide among LGBTQ young people."

A previous Washington Post article took note of the fact that Immanuel is so anti-LGBTQ that those who enroll — and their parents, too, this being a K-12 school — must specifically pledge a belief as to the meaning of "marriage" that excludes same-sex unions. The school's lengthy requirements also require enrollees and their parents to deny the legitimacy of trans people's identities, declaring the "transgender identity" is a form of "moral misconduct," as is anything that falls under a broadly-termed "violation of the unique roles of male and female."

But same-sex parents and their children shouldn't feel too badly; the school also requires its students and the parents of those students to reject "polygamy," which means that many of the Old Testament patriarchs — such as Moses and Solomon — would find their own hordes of children also disqualified from the school.

Meanwhile, the authors of "A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo" are slated to bring out a new book this June. Titled "The Someone New," the forthcoming kids' book offers another message of inclusion and love that will infuriate many on the right. It's reportedly a parable about welcoming yet another excoriated group: Immigrants.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Assistant Arts Editor. He also reviews theater for WBUR. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.


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