Filmmaker urges school board to pull explicit sex education book from library

Filmmaker Bradford Broyles on Monday sent a message to the Essex-Westford School District Board urging members to remove a sex-education library book that contains explicit graphic material.

“The above referenced title is on your library bookshelf and I’m requesting it be removed immediately. Your board & school owe the community answers regarding criteria for reading materials. To have such overt objectionable material reaching our children is unacceptable,” Broyles wrote.

In a separate email sent to the Essex Junction Board of Trustees, village president and members of the Vermont media, Broyles called the book “graphic porn.”

The controversial book is “Gender Queer: A Memoir,” written by California-based author Maia Kobabe. It has made headlines across the nation as parents have discovered it in school libraries and expressed outrage over its explicit sex illustrations and language. Kobabe’s supporters argue critics are being insensitive to the LGBT community. In October, the author wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post defending her book.

EXPLICIT: Sex education material aimed at school kids is showing up in Vermont public schools, complete with erotic graphic images of oral sex and more.

In his email to trustees, Broyles described some of the graphic art, which could not be published in this article due to explicit youth sex representations.

“Young teens being able to read & view graphic sexual images including ‘blow jobs’ ‘vaginal slime’ & ‘masturbation’ at our public schools is breach of fundamental rights of parents to raise children as they see fit,” he wrote. “Sexual morality education is parent/guardian responsibility, not activist teachers.”

“Our educator’s job is to teach academic life skills, not subject our children to child porn, which is the case here,” Broyles added.

He included multiple images from the book in his email. School board members did not return TNR’s request for comment.

Nicole Solas of Wakefield, Rhode Island, posted some of the book’s sexually explicit material on Twitter, but the social media giant hides the images with a warning about “potentially sensitive content.”

“Author Maia Kobabe lies through her teeth in her op-ed claiming parents were upset about a picture of a vase and segues into more woe-is-me-LGBT instead of acknowledging that parents reject her book bc she drew pictures of kids giving blowjobs,” Solas tweeted.

Book illustrations include everyday scenarios that LGBT youth may encounter related to sexuality and gender. One story thread in the book is of a young woman expressing curiosity about gender; she starts to wish aloud that she had been given a gender-neutral name.

Kobabe claims the book helps school children who have alternative sex preferences or identities.

“I also want to have the best interest of young people at heart. There are queer youth at every high school — and those students, that’s [who] I’m thinking about, is the queer student who is getting left behind,” Kobabe said.

Her critics say she does not adequately address the graphic sexual nature of the book’s illustrations.

Colbert King, columnist for the Washington Post, wrote an opinion piece defending the book’s addition to school libraries.

“How people come to terms with their sexual orientation, however, can make a difference, and that includes how children are taught to feel about their sexuality. Banning books such as ‘Gender Queer’ from school libraries only hurts young people needing to affirm their gender or orientation, whatever they may be,” he wrote.

Libby Emmons, writing for the Post Millennial, said the book is inappropriate for schools, and she blasted its defenders.

“A controversial book that caused firestorms of parental anger upon being found in the libraries of public schools from Virginia to Rhode Island, showing graphic sexual imagery about the sexual and gender identity awakening of teenagers, is being defended by the mainstream press and publishers,” Emmons wrote.

Broyles was even more direct in his letter to school board members. “‘Gender Queer’ would be categorized as child pornography, if there was a genre selection box to check. By allowing this book on your shelf, you’re demonstrating tacit approval of the material.”

Michael Bielawski is a reporter for True North. Send him news tips at and follow him on Twitter @TrueNorthMikeB.

4 thoughts on “Filmmaker urges school board to pull explicit sex education book from library

  1. … Between foisting this depravity on our children and the acceptance of the use of drugs in our culture, is it any wonder that we see more frequent suicides in the obits every day?

  2. These people will sneak in, when least expected, to control anything and everything they can get away with.
    It is way past time these morons were sent out to pasture, never to return. We allowed them in, now we must throw them out, for good. If we don’t do that in 2022, it is bye, bye forever for all of us. We are at the tipping point of no return if the nonsense continues. IS THAT WHAT WE WANT????
    I rest my case.

  3. Way to go Bradford!!!. In 2003 through the efforts of many parents we had several books banned from VT’s School Resource Libraries that totally characterized homosexual behavior. It is a never ending battle. I could tell you story after story of this kind of unwanted intrusion including videos that were played to 5th graders that were removed from school. Grrrrrrr.

    It seems a more permanent way to solve these problems is go after the school employees that made the decision to bring these books in. That would send a message to every decision maker to be more responsible to regular parents desires to shield their children from filth.

  4. Just more liberal indoctrination, they try to plant your demon seed in the minds of the young,
    and they hope it flourishes……….

    Gender Queer says it all…….. take your kids out of the public school system before they are
    scared for life……. Parents step up, fight the child abuse in our schools, get a lawyer !!

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