Conservative advocacy group One Million Moms is back at being a total buzzkill, this time rallying its supporters against Scholastic because of a children’s book promoting tolerance and acceptance.
George, a chapter book written by queer activist and author Alex Gino, which is intended for children in grades three to seven, has come under fire from the “pro-family” group. The story follows a transgender fourth-grader who wants to play Charlotte in her school’s production of Charlotte’s Web. The 10-year-old protagonist hopes not only to get the part, but that her family and teachers will look past the male gender she was assigned at birth and can accept her as she sees herself—as a girl.
The book, which was published in 2015, has been praised by critics as a “profound, moving” book. Additionally, the book was awarded the Stonewall Book Award that year, an award sponsored by the American Library Associations, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender roundtable.
One Million Moms does not feel the book is family-friendly. “Scholastic does not have our children’s best interests at heart. Tell Scholastic to stop harming children,” said a statement on One Million Moms’ website.
That’s not all though. The group is peeved with Scholastic for offering reading lists for LGBT families, calling the lists “morally toxic,” and promising to boycott the education-based company if it did not stop “publishing and promoting pro-homosexual and pro-transgender books for children.”
One Million Moms is also currently fighting with Ben & Jerry’s for their SNL tribute flavor “Schweddy Balls,” which is hilarious.
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