Book in Tampa Middle School Library Promotes Gay Sex and Hookup Apps

Parents attended the Hillsborough County School Board meeting to express outrage and multiple books that had been made accessible to their middle-school-age children. One book included explicit instructions on hand jobs, anal sex, and the use of sex apps.

The book, written by Juno Dawson in 2015, is entitled This Book is Gay, and along with its instructions, it also contains naked sketches of adult men in the section titled “Boy-on-Boy Sex.” The drawing included special notations for sexually-relevant zones. The diagram also read that “Trans-men may have slightly different bodies.”

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The book goes beyond instructions and descriptions in its section on sex apps, making explicitly moral claims about sex.

 “It is a fact that that although grown-up adult types are sometimes looking for a serious relationship, sometimes they are just looking for a spot of sexyfuntime. Remember, this is fine as long as you’re honest and always use a condom.”

Julie Gebhards, a mother who pulled her three children out of the Hillsborough County school system upon investigating the reading material, raised the alarm. She argued to the school board the month prior that this breakdown of boundaries makes children more vulnerable to sex trafficking and other forms of sexual predation.

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“Eleven, twelve, thirteen-year-olds… can pick up a book in one of our school libraries and read about pedophilia in casual and positive light, they can read about masochistic sex, masturbation, incestuous violent rape and a handful of other things,”

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According to the Florida Standard, Gebhards and other parents have voiced their concerns over children accessing sexually explicit books for the last year. However, she says the board has taken no action other than to refer the parents to their policies. When she read the book in a public meeting, a school board member complained that the reading was inappropriate. Gebhards shared the email with the Florida standard.

 “…much damage has been done in terms of trauma to the audience-both young and old after listening to the verbal descriptions.”

Many on Twitter have already voiced their anger over the book’s availability.

Editor in Chief of the Florida Standard Will Witt addressed the matter in person and spoke at the most recent Hillsborough school board meeting.

“There are no excuses for having a book like this in classrooms at schools here in Florida. It is evil.”


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