Parents want gay sex instruction book removed from Texas school district

Parents in Katy, Texas, are pushing school libraries to remove books with sexual content, including one with step-by-step instructions on how to have gay sex and use sex apps to find partners.

The book was featured on The Katy Railway, an Instagram site fighting to remove sexualized content from schools in the highly rated Katy ISD school district.

“This Book Is Gay,” by transgender author James Dawson, appears in the Morton Ranch High School library, according to the social media site. The author, who transitioned to female, now goes by Juno Dawson.

Katy ISD parents have objected to other books such as “Looking for Alaska” and “Flamer,” a graphic novel with explicit sex scenes. The three books have been part of a list challenged by outraged parents across the country.

On the other side of the issue, liberal teachers’ and academics’ unions have taken the position that parents are trying to ban sundry books.

A self-proclaimed lesbian Marxist, Emily Drabinski, who was voted in as president of the American Library Association this spring, wants to stop bans on books about LGBT and race in libraries.

Katy resident Sarah Feigleson, education leader with Fort Bend County Citizens Defending Liberty, told The Epoch Times that the entire system has failed parents and their children by allowing sexual content to become pervasive in the schools.

Authors write sexually explicit books for 12- to 16-year-olds, which are voluntarily printed by publishers and readily adopted by schools, he said.

“Once you see it, you can’t unsee these things,” Feigleson said. “This is a multi-level failure.”

School librarians who spoke at a school board meeting in August said they screen books coming into Katy ISD schools.

“Something of that [the content] it’s so gross and disgusting you can’t believe it,” Feigleson said. “And here we have all these library coordinators saying, ‘Oh, we check every book.'”

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A woman holding signs “Don’t MAGA our schools” and “Stooges ban books” at a rally in front of the Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) administration building in Ashburn, Virginia, on Sept. 13, 2022. (Terri Wu/The times)

Another issue parents oppose is allowing high school students to sit on committees to review books with sexual content that some call pornographic. Feigleson said the Katy ISD board of trustees could vote on the issue on Sept. 25.

Feigleson pointed to his discovery of “This Book Is Gay” in a high school library as an example of what parents face in the battle against the sexualization of children.

In the book, the headings for Boy-on-Boy Sex and Girl-on-Girl Sex show sketches and include descriptions of what “feels good.”

Guide inexperienced readers on how to upload photos to sex apps and “meet” other gays nearby.

Father Terry Tauriello told The Epoch Times that he has lived in Katy for 40 years and can’t believe his eyes. His children attended Katy schools and now he has a grandson enrolled there.

“One of my main points is that there absolutely should be no porn,” Tauriello said. “They don’t need that.”

He believes sexual content is another facet of Critical Race Theory creeping into schools once trusted by parents. When his children went to school, he said that skin color, race and gender were not topics of focus in schools.

His opinion: If schools allow books with sexual content in libraries, the state should defund them.

“Now we have to get up and fight,” he said. Not in a million years would she have believed it.”

The Epoch Times has reached out to Lance Redmond and Greg Schulte, vice president and president, respectively, of the Katy ISD Board of Trustees, for comment but did not receive a response at the time of publication.

Darlene McCormick Sanchez

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Darlene McCormick Sanchez reports for The Epoch Times from Texas. She writes on a variety of topics with a focus on Texas politics, voter fraud, and the erosion of traditional values. Before writing for The Epoch Times, she worked as an investigative reporter, covering crime, courts and government for newspapers in Texas, Florida and Connecticut. Her work on The Sinful Messiah series, which exposed Davidian leader David Koresh, was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist for investigative reporting in the 1990s.

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