by Asra Q. Nomani
On Thursday, September 23, a brave Fairfax High School mother, Stacy Langton, walked up to the podium at a regular meeting of the Fairfax County School Board, carrying with her two books and printouts from images in the books.
She had watched a Texas school board meeting at which parents read from two books that they had found in their school library — “Lawn Boy” by Jonathan Evison and “Gender Queer” by Maia Kobabe. She looked for the books at Fairfax High School, and she found them at the school and throughout the county — available to minors as young as seventh grade, or as young as 12 years old, at Robinson Secondary School.
“The books were available, and we checked them out,” she recalled. She started putting yellow Post-It notes on the pages. “Both of these books include pedophilia, sex between men and boys.” One book included a 4th grade boy performing oral sex on an adult male.
“The other book has detailed illustrations of a man having sex with a boy,” she said, unfolding oversized photocopies of the x-rated drawings, one after the next as she explained them. “The illustrations include fellatio, sex toys, masturbation and violent nudity,” as well as pedophilia.
The school board’s video recording panned away from a close-up and censored the images from the books available in the school library to children. At the podium there at Luther Jackson Middle School, she started reading excerpts from Gender Queer, her voice trembling.
As Langton read brutal pornographic passages from the books checked out from a Fairfax school library, a School Board member interrupted — something that board rules say that members cannot do during citizen participation — “Excuse me … There are children in the audience.”
(Fairfax announced this weekend that it would remove the books from its library shelves.)