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A middle-aged LGBT activist who targets children with his propaganda made clear in a recent interview that parental resistance is what drives him "to do it more."
"Parental rights really anger me," Alex Gino told Yahoo Entertainment. "Because what about human rights? People who are under 18 are human. ... And if you are keeping information about the world from young people, you are leaving them less prepared to learn how to be in the world."
Gino, a 45-year-old man who refers to himself as a sexually unspecific plurality, further suggested that efforts by parents to exercise their natural rights to protect their children from propaganda and pornography were not motivated by love but rather "fear that looks like anger."
What's the background?
Following Scholastic's publication of his 2015 novel, "George," Gino fast became a darling of Democrats and other leftists, particularly those helming classrooms and stocking bookshelves.
Gino's book is about a young boy named George whose mental illness puts him at odds not just with his body but with classmates during a class production of "Charlotte's Web" — a play in which George wants to play the titular female character.
Gino, originally from New York, changed the name of his novel to "Melissa" in 2021, having realized he had "deadnamed" the book's protagonist.
Over the past several years, the two-titled book was introduced to children's sections in various schools and libraries around the country, drawing the ire of parents who recognized that this particular work of LGBT propaganda wasn't age-appropriate.
The Des Moines Register noted that some critics took issue with the bath scene in the novel, where Gino's fourth-grade character "immersed her body in the warm water and tried not to think about what was between her legs, but there it was, bobbing in front of her."
The New York Post highlighted another questionable scene in the novel, besides the talk of "dirty" magazines, which reads: "She had since read on the Internet you could take girl hormones that would change your body, and you could get a bunch of different surgeries if you wanted them and had the money. This was called transitioning. ... You could even start before you were eighteen with pills called androgen blockers that stopped the boy hormones already inside you from turning your body into a man’s."
The American Library Association, led by self-proclaimed "Marxist lesbian" Emily Drabinski, alleged that the book was the most challenged book of 2020, which appears to have been little more than a promotional tag for works of kid-facing LGBT propaganda.
House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (N.Y.) was among the Democrats who defended the book from parent critics whilst opposing legislation that would require public school administrators to seek parental consent before changing a child's gender status and to disclose all curricula and reading lists.
Gino knows what's best for your kids
The 45-year-old propagandist told Yahoo Entertainment that "[a]dults are not great at knowing what's in the world. Kids are great at it. Kids are constantly learning what's in the world and taking on new ideas. ... Many adults feel like they have already learned who should be in the world, and if someone goes against their notion of that, they are somehow immoral. And there's a particular panic about showing that or immorality to young people."
Gino, who on X has called for reparations and for police to be defunded, suggested that parents who have identified immoralities being foisted on their children "think their goal is for their children not to live in the real world. Their goal is to shield their children from the reality of other people and the reality of themselves. And I think that goal is extremely harmful."
"If my book is going to get challenged, that to me is a sign that there are more stories that I need to write," continued Gino. "And so I'm writing now about queer and trans kids who don't just exist but who know each other and who have community and who get to thrive. If [parents are] going to say, 'Don't do it,' then I better not tell myself not to do it. I better do it more."
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Joseph MacKinnon is a staff writer for Blaze News.