As taxpayer-funded school officials across Texas face backlash for LGBT ideology and pornography in schools, they’re sending librarians (paid by citizens) to a conference that also celebrates hazardous sexual behaviors.
The Texas Library Association—the largest state library association in the U.S. with more than 6,000 members from taxpayer-funded school and government libraries—is hosting its annual conference next week. Featured speakers include Justin Johnson and Joseph Hoselton, adult entertainers who will headline TLA’s “After Hours Keynote” and “Drag Queen Story Hour” events.
It’s unclear if TLA considered other “adult entertainers” in addition to the crossdressers.
TLA’s conference also includes sessions on the promotion of LGBT sexual behaviors at local campuses and how to teach young children leftist “social justice” doctrine—a buzzword for ideologies such as critical race theory, which states that individuals should be promoted or punished based upon the color of their skin.
“Even our youngest students are aware of and affected by social justice issues. Let’s explore the opportunities we can offer in our library to help students become anti-racists, allies, and fluent in the language and ideas of social justice,” reads the TLA program.
The TLA conference comes amid state and nationwide conflict over curriculum in publicly funded classrooms. In Texas, parents have spoken out against school officials for promoting hazardous sexual behaviors and gender confusion to kids, and offering sexually explicit books in children’s school libraries. Parents have asked officials to remove certain books that graphically illustrate or depict pedophilia between teachers and students, incest, rape, sex acts between minors (including two 10-year-old boys), and other explicit scenes.
However, in response, the TLA has started a “grassroots coalition of concerned Texas residents” that “opposes the current movement to ban books from Texas libraries based on content subjectively deemed inappropriate.”
Separately, TLA’s conference at the Fort Wort Convention Center will also “require proof of full* vaccination OR a negative COVID-19 test (administered within 72 hours of attendance) of all registered attendees; sponsors, exhibitors, volunteers, TLA staff and speakers.”
Citizens concerned about their local school districts sending librarians on the taxpayers’ dime to the conference may contact their school board.