This week read about Chris Pappas announcing his engagement to his boyfriend in New Hampshire, and leaders in Georgia aiming to ban LGBT books in schools and libraries.
Congressman Announces Engagement to His Boyfriend
Democratic Congressman Chris Pappas from New Hampshire announced his engagement to his boyfriend on Twitter.
"We said yes!" Pappas wrote. "Vann and I are thrilled to share the news of our engagement and look forward to a lifetime of happiness and togetherness."
Pappas had made history in 2018 when he was the first gay person with a federal office position in New Hampshire, the Advocate reported.
The couple garnered attention during the 2020 re-election campaign when Pappas’ Republican opponent, Matt Mowers, called him out during a live debate. Mowers said the Pappas’ boyfriend, Vann Bentley, was an Amazon lobbyist until November 2019 and it was unclear if the two were dating during that time. However, Pappas said he spoke to the House Ethics Committee which told him he did not need to officially register the relationship.
Pappas said that Mowers’ callout was "gutter politics” and the Victory fund, an LGBT political organization, called it a homophobic dog-whistle.
As election season approaches, Pappas has announced that he is running for a third term. Mowers is one of the six currently announced Republican nominees.
Movement Forms to Ban LGBT Books from Public, School Libraries
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School districts and communities across the country have pushed to ban LGBT and “sexually explicit” books from public and school libraries. Now, leaders in Georgia are joining the movement.
The Georgia General Assembly, which convenes in January, has shown support for the drive to ban books, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. House Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones said, “children should be shielded from age-inappropriate materials” and that she is writing legislation to accomplish this goal.
Former State Schools Superintendent John Barge called-out transgender topics when he announced that he would be running for his old position in November. He said that schools are not the place for “talking to children about, you know, they can be whatever gender they want to be.”
James, a transgender middle school student in Forsyth County, said that people are transgender no matter what books they read. He also argued that banning books on these subjects would lead to more bullying and bigotry.
The Trevor Project reported that suicide attempts in transgender and gender non-conforming students were lower for those in schools that were “affirming.”