Critics say LGBT history month promotes ‘porn’

LGBT history month on rainbow flagBY ADAM L. BRINKLOW
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LGBT history month, created by Missouri high school teacher Rodney Wilson in 1994, commemorates a notable LGBT person every day in October and provides educators with resources and information on each. Since 2006 the advocacy group Equality Forum has spearheaded the campaign; this year’s icons include astronaut Sally Ride and Apple CEO Tim Cook.

But also included are Touko Laaksonen, the Finnish artist better known as Tom of Finland, noted for his erotic sketches of nude and semi-nude men, and Pat Califia, a transman whose writing includes a significant amount of erotic fiction, drawing ire from some groups. “LGBT history month promotes gay porn to kids,” reads a press release from the Pacific Justice Institute, a Sacramento-based legal group. The LGBT History Month site itself contains no pornographic work and the campaign is aimed at everyone, not just schoolchildren of a young age. Malcolm Lazin, executive director for LGBT history month, recommended that if teachers consider some of the icons inappropriate for the age of their students, they can simply skip over those materials. “

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