Can You Catch "Being Gay" Like You Catch The Flu?*


A picture book about two male penguins raising a baby penguin is getting a chilly reception among some parents in [Shiloh, IL] who worry about the book’s availability to elementary students — and the reluctance of administrators to restrict access to it.

The concerns are the latest involving “And Tango Makes Three,” the illustrated children’s book based on a true story of two male penguins — Roy and Silo — in New York City’s Central Park Zoo who adopted a fertilized egg and raised the chick as their own.

Complaining about the book’s homosexual undertones, some parents of Shiloh Elementary School students believe the book — available to be checked out of the school’s library in this 11,000-resident town 20 miles east of St. Louis — tackles topics their young children aren’t ready to handle.

Their request: Move the book to the library’s regular shelves and restrict it to a section for mature issues, perhaps even requiring parental permission before their child can check it out.

At least for now, the district’s chief isn’t budging. Though a panel she appointed suggested the book be moved and require parental permission before it is checked out, Superintendent Jennifer Filyaw says “And Tango Makes Three” will stay put — at the advice of the district’s attorney, who says moving it might be legally challengeable censorship.

Filyaw considers the book “adorable” and age appropriate, written for children ages 4 to 8.

Is it objectionable to allow children to get their hands on this? Is being gay a learned behavior that can come from reading a book?

And how exactly can you tell that it’s a gay penguin anyway? Does it snap its fins in a half circle? Maybe wear some shoebooties and a D&G scarf?

*Really, people. Why is this a thing? I mean, come on already. Let folks live.

Washington Post: Parents Want Gay Penguins Book Blocked

4 thoughts on “Can You Catch "Being Gay" Like You Catch The Flu?*

  1. >i wonder if those gay peng-guh-wins (as bugs bunny would say it) eat gay grass also….lolhmmm, so i guess that cartoon of daffy duck sitting on that egg makes him a gay "wanna be" too?, in touch with his "maternal" side?


  2. >Homophobia can run deep. Personally, I watch the images my kids see, but I don't teach them to be homophobic, just aware. Besides, a member of our extended family is gay, and the entire family gives them a lot of love. I think you have to just be open to talk about various topics with kids, you can't live your life in fear that they'll "catch" something.


  3. >"Happy Skeet"Funny, in Mrs. Doubtfire Returns, I referenced this penguin story. Doubtfire is interviewing the caretaker of a penguin exhibit in San Fran and brings this story up, later to comment, "Oh, it sounds like 'Brokebeak Mountain', doesn't it?"I thought it was funny when I wrote it.


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