North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson has said he “won’t back down” after being convicted nationally for calling “transgender” and homosexuality “filth.”
In a video post on Saturday, Robinson blamed “the media and those on the left” for trying to “change the focus of education on the LGBTQ community – in particular, that I hate them.”
In the video, Robinson shared sexually explicit illustrations of a book he says is now in anonymous schools, calling it an example of what he criticized as “dirt.”
âI will fight for and protect the rights of all citizens, including those of the LGBTQ community, to express themselves as they wish,â he said. “However, the idea that our children should learn transgender concepts and be exposed to sexually explicit material in the classroom is abhorrent.”
Robinson, a Republican, has faced calls for his resignation after anti-LGBTQ comments in a June speech posted on social media last week.
In a now-viral clip, Robinson said, âThere’s no reason anyone anywhere in America should talk to kids about transgender, about homosexuality, about all this filth. Yeah, I called it dirt.
The White House said in a statement Friday that its comments were “disgusting and offensive,” The News & Observer reported.
âThe role of a leader is to bring people together and defend the dignity and rights of everyone; not to spread hatred and undermine their own office, âsaid Andrew Bates, deputy White House press secretary from North Carolina.
North Carolina Democratic Senate candidates Jeff Jackson and Erica Smith, as well as the Human Rights Campaign advocate for LGBTQ rights, called for Robinson’s resignation.
“This is not the first time Robinson has shared his discriminatory views, but it should be the last time he gets away as an elected leader,” HRC interim chairman Joni Madison said on Friday, in a press release. “North Carolinians deserve better than these dehumanizing comments.”
In the Saturday video, Robinson said the critical response to his comments was an attempt to “silence right-wing voices”.
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Robinson cited three books, “George” by Alex Gino, “Lawn Boy” by Jonathan Evison and “Gender Queer” by Maia Kobabe – which address themes of gender identity and sexuality – as examples of “material sexually explicit â. “
Robinson said that âGender Queer,â an illustrated memoir, was âcurrently in schools in North Carolina,â before sharing images from the book that appeared to depict fantasies or sexual acts between the characters.
âLooking at these photos, I challenge you to describe them as anything other than dirt,â he said.
The lieutenant governor’s office did not respond to several requests for comment from N&O on Sunday, including questions about which schools allegedly used the books and how they were allegedly used.
This year, Robinson asked the audience for examples of educators promoting leftist views. He collected over 500 submissions as part of the compilation of what he called a “North Carolina Indoctrination Report on Public Education, Including a report of grade four students in Wake County reading “George.”
Robinson said the book – which follows a transgender girl grappling with others perceiving her as a boy – includes a discussion of genitalia removal, the N&O previously reported.
His last the comments came just weeks after a parent in Fairfax County, Va., said “Gender Queer” and “Lawn Boy” were inappropriate.
The books were withdrawn from circulation after the complaint and are under review by the school district, reported WUSA9.
As some rallied to protest the books last week, a coalition of more than 400 students from Fairfax County schools wrote a letter asking the school board to reject calls to remove the books, the outlet said.
âHundreds of books in our schools already describe heterosexual relationships and physical intimacy,â the students wrote in the letter. “By keeping books that describe LGBTQIA + relationships on a different level than these novels, FCPS creates an inequitable, exclusive and heteronormative educational environment for queer students.”
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This story was originally published October 10, 2021 6:33 pm.