Witnesses who came before the Senate Judiciary Committee to fight the book ban were noticeably uncomfortable when a senator read excerpts with explicit content from LGBT texts questioned by conservative parents.
A hearing was held Tuesday to discuss how book bans could allegedly limit freedom and literature. But the hearing took a turn when Louisiana Republican Sen. John Kennedy used his allotted time to read aloud portions of books that parents have tried to remove from both schools and public libraries.
"Let’s take two books that have been much discussed. The first one is called "All Boys Aren’t Blue" and I will quote from it," he said before starting to read the fragments with graphic sexual depictions.
"'I put some lube on and got him on his knees and I began to slide into him from behind. I pulled out of him and kissed him while he masturbated. He asked me to turn over while he slipped a condom on himself. This was my a— and I was struggling to imagine someone inside me. He got on top and slowly inserted himself into me. It was the worst pain I think I have ever felt in my life. Eventually, I felt a mix of pleasure with the pain,'" he read.
Immediately afterward the senator continued reading part of another book called "Gender Queer": "I got a new strap-on harness today. I can’t wait to put it on you. It will fit my favorite dildo perfectly. You will look so hot. I can’t wait to have your c--- in my mouth. I am going to give you the b------ of your life. Then I want you inside of me."
During the reading, the discomfort among those present was noticeable, even among the witnesses who defend that children have access to these books.
Alexi Giannoulias, the Illinois Secretary of State, who led legal efforts in the state to prevent parents from banning texts they consider inappropriate for children, admitted that the content the senator read was "disturbing."
"With all due respect, senator, the words you spoke are disturbing – especially coming out of your mouth – is very disturbing," he said, though he soon after continued to defend his stance on banning books.
The most awkward & shocking moment in Senate history 👀
Marxist “Education Professionals” are forced to listen to the hardcore X-Rated pornography they want available in school libraries for children.
Their reactions are 😬
Sen. Kennedy is a real one…pic.twitter.com/Bm05TOVWvZ
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) September 12, 2023
Cameron Samuels, a student from the LGBT community who also attended the hearing as a witness, also acknowledged that parents should be involved in deciding which books their children read, stating that there should be a "collaboration between students, parents, and educators" about the availability of books. But despite that, this witness also continued to defend the books the senator read.
" 'All Boys Aren’t Blue,' the scene you mentioned, is about sexual abuse. It’s not erotic … Students who do not read books like 'All Boys Aren’t Blue' cannot learn what is appropriate."