How the Gender Queer graphic novel got caught in two news stories at the same time :: WRAL.com

The Gender Queer graphic novel was caught in two different news stories at the same time – which began to blend together over the months.

NEWS COVERAGE YOU CAN COUNT ON. >> Alright, hang in there. LET’S GO TO DAN HAGGERTY. SALVATION. HAPPY TO SEE YOU AGAIN. I TRY TO HOLD YOUR ATTENTION HERE. WE HAVE A LOT TO TALK. IT MIGHT GET A LITTLE HEAVY WITH ME. SEND ME DAN AT WRAL DOT COM. TELL ME WHAT YOU HAVE IN MIND. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS LIKE THIS VIEWER TELL ME. >> SPEAK SLOWLY OR DIRECTLY. SO IT IS SOMETIMES A LITTLE DIFFICULT TO WATCH THE NEWS TODAY. I KNOW THINGS ARE A LITTLE CONFUSED. A SUBJECT CAN PASS INTO THE NEXT IN A SOUND LIKE IT HAS BEEN TAKEN OUT OF CONTEXT. >> THIS IS FACEBOOK. IT CAN BE EXHAUSTING. THIS HAPPENS ALL THE TIME. IF YOU ARE NOT CAREFUL, YOU MAY BE DECEIVED OR OR DISTRACTED OR MAY BE ANGERED BY A SENSATIONALIZED STORY. HERE IS AN EXAMPLE I HAVE NOTICED 2 EVENTS THAT HAPPENED ON THE SAME DAY LAST WEEK THAT SEEM LIKE THEY WERE DIRECTLY RELATED WHEN IN FACT THEY WERE MORE SECONDARY COUSINS ONCE THE EVENT REMOVED. ONE THAT HAPPENED, WAKE COUNTY PROPOSED NEW GUIDELINES TO REMOVE CONTROVERSIAL BOOKS FROM ITS PUBLIC LIBRARIES. THEY DID IT BECAUSE LAST YEAR GO AND BACK FROM GENDERQUEER BOOK TO GRAPHIC NOVEL ABOUT SOMEONE DISCOVERING THEIR TRANSGENDER THEN THE EVENT WILL HAPPEN. THE SAME MORNING PROTESTERS WENT TO THE HOME OF LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR MARK ROBINSON WHO HAS BEEN VERY STRONG ABOUT THE GENDERQUEER BOOK CALLING AND HI AND INAPPROPRIATE AND PROTESTERS ACCUSED HIM OF TRYING TO BAN THE BOOKS. IT SEEMS LIKE THESE EVENTS LOCKED TOGETHER NO? ALL PARTS OF THE SAME STORY UNTIL SOMETHING CONFUSING GETS THROWED AWAY. AND YOU SEE AFTER PROTESTED, HIS ROBINSON HOUSE SENT US THIS STATEMENT SAYING WE NEVER APPEAL FOR BOOK BAN. IF YOU WANT TO PURCHASE AND VIEW A BOOK AT YOUR LOCAL BOOKSTORE OR LIBRARY, YOU SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO DO SO. AND ALTHOUGH YOU ARE AT HOME AS A SPECTATOR, LIKE WHAT? IS THEY TRYING TO BAN THE BOOKS OR NOT, IF NOT, WHY ARE THE PEOPLE ALSO PROTESTING, IF THERE IS NO WIND, SHOUTING ABOUT THEM, CALLING THEM SALUTE? WELL, LET’S EXPLAIN BIT BY BIT, STARTING WITH THE BOOK YOU SEE GENDERQUEER WAS COOKED IN 2 DIFFERENT NEWS AT THE SAME TIME WHICH STARTED BLENDING TOGETHER A BIT OVER THE MONTHS. THE FIRST STORY IS TO REMOVE THE BOOK FROM OUR PUBLIC LIBRARY. NOW, IF YOU ARE CURIOUS, I DID AN ENTIRE SEGMENT ON THIS PART OF SOME BACKGROUND AROUND THE FREE SPEECH BOOK BAN. AND AS ALWAYS, YOU CAN FIND MY ENTIRE SEGMENT THAT HAS COME TO PASS MY PICTURE BY SCROLLING TO THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE. JUST GOOGLE, DAN HAGGERTY, WRAL. YOU CAN’T MISS ME. THE SECOND STORY INVOLVING GENDERQUEER WAS ABOUT OUR SCHOOL LIBRARIES, OUR SCHOOLS AND OUR CHILDREN. AND THAT’S WHAT’S KEEPING ROBINSON GOING RIGHT NOW. THE BOOK IS ON THE SHELVES OF SEVERAL SCHOOL LIBRARIES THROUGHOUT THE STATE, INCLUDING 2 HIGH SCHOOLS IN WAKE COUNTY. AND WHY IT MATTERS TO PEOPLE FOR 2 REASONS. I LIKE TO EXPLAIN THINGS WITH FIGURES. FIRST, GENDERQUEER IMAGERY HAS A FEW PAGES OF GRAPHIC CONTENT. HOW GRAPHIC? WELL, I CANNOT SHOW YOU THE PICTURES ON TV AND WHAT METRIC IS NOT NECESSARILY APPLICABLE TO THE TYPES OF CONTENT WE PUT IN OUR PUBLIC LIBRARIES FOR SCHOOL LIBRARIES FOR ADULTS WITH CHILDREN, HIGH SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES. THEY ARE DIFFERENT. THIS IS UNC LAW PROFESSOR WILLIAM MARSHALL. >> THE STANDARD FOR OBSCENITY AS IS MUCH HIGHER WHEN DEALING WITH THIS HOME AND WHEN DEALING WITH THE DISTRIBUTION OF SEXUALLY EXPLICIT MATERIALS TO CHILDREN IN ANOTHER CONTEXT, FOR EXAMPLE, CHILDREN’S BROADCASTING. MAYBE THE TREE IS A LITTLE DIFFERENT THAN BROADCASTING JUST GOES TO ADD. SO YES, THERE IS A DIFFERENCE IN THE FIRST AMENDMENT. >> Alright, okay? AND YET, IN THIS CASE, THEIR PICTURES IN THE BOOK WHICH ARE JUST TOO GRAPHIC TO SHOW, I CAN’T EVEN REALLY DESCRIBE THEM ON AIR RIGHT NOW. IT IS THEREFORE CLEARLY REASONABLE TO CONSIDER THAT THIS TYPE OF CONTENT MAY BE INAPPROPRIATE FOR CHILDREN. SO WHY IS EVERYBODY SO TRIGGERED WHEN THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR SAYS IT? AND THAT LEADS TO THE OTHER REASON PEOPLE DON’T LIKE GENDERQUEER. THEY HAVE A HUMMY OR EVEN DISLIKE LGBTQ PEOPLE AND THEIR RELATIONSHIPS AND SOME OF THESE PEOPLE ARE APPLAUDING. WHEN ROBINSON SAYS THINGS LIKE THAT FROM THE PUNCH. HOMOSEXUALITY, IT MADE THIS SENSATION. AND YES I CALL IT IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT I CALL IT AGAIN COME. SEE ME AND I WILL EXPLAIN IT AT >> NOW ROBINSON SAID THINGS LIKE THIS FOR YEARS IN A CHURCH IN WINSTON SALEM, HE SAID, QUOTE, EVERYTHING GOD DID SERVED A PURPOSE. CAN SOMEBODY EXPLAIN TO ME THE PURPOSE OF HOMOSEXUALITY? WHAT DOES IT CREATE? HE CREATES NOTHING IN 2017. HE WRITTEN, YOU CAN’T LOVE GOD AND SUPPORT THE HOMOSEXUAL AGENDA. I COULD CONTINUE HERE. BUT YOU GET THE POINT YOU HAVE PROBABLY SEEN IN THE NEWS BEFORE PEOPLE ASKED HIM HOW HE CAN SAY THESE THINGS ABOUT THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY AND EXPECT US AS VOTERS TO IGNORE HIS PERSONAL HARM. WHEN DOES IT WEIGH IN ON POLITICS THAT DIRECTLY AFFECTS THE RIGHTS OF PEOPLE AND TRANS. AND HE ALWAYS SAID AN INTERESTING RESPONSE. LISTEN. >> MY MIND TO THE POLICE ABOUT TRANSGENDER AND HOMOSEXUALITY IS COMPLETELY SEPARATE FROM THIS OFFICE. AND I KEEP IT SEPARATE FROM THIS OFFICE AND THAT IS NOT THE ISSUE WE TALK HERE ADVICE TO GIVE THIS TO YOU AGAIN, MY HOST, AND SPIRITUAL BELIEFS ABOUT HOMOSEXUALITY ARE NOT PART OF IT. >> OK, NOT. I ALWAYS ASK YOU TO ASK ME QUESTIONS. I WANT TO ASK YOU ONLY ONE SECOND TO FIND THIS EXPLANATION. REASONABLE. I WANT TO PUT THE SUBJECT AWAY. JUST CONSIDER THE RATIONALE. I TRIED TO GET MYSELF. IT SEEMS TO ME THAT HE WANTS PEOPLE TO TRUST THAT HIS PERSONAL OPINIONS WHICH ARE DEEPLY ROOTED IN HIS FAITH, WHICH HE DESCRIBES AS THE FOUNDATION OF WHO HE IS CAN BE IGNORED WHEN HE CONSIDERS POLITICS. THAT IS TO SAY, PERSONAL OPINIONS DO NOT INFLUENCE THE WAY HE SEES SOCIETY IN HIS ROLE AS LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR. MOST IMPORTANTLY THIS SOCIETY, HE IS TRYING TO HELP FORM ITSELF WITH HIS INFLUENCE AND POWER IN AN ELECTED OFFICE. I WANT, MAYBE IF HIS JOB WAS THE COUNT, THAT HIS PERSONAL OPINIONS ON THINGS MATTERS. BUT HE IS AN ELECTED OFFICER WHO HELPS CREATE LEGISLATIVE POLICIES THAT AFFECT THE LIVES OF PEOPLE WHO LIVE HERE. NORTH CAROLINA, WE ELECT PEOPLE BECAUSE WORK IS SUBJECTIVE AND EVERYONE APPROACHES IT DIFFERENTLY. MAYBE I’M OFF BASIC HERE. IF YOU HAVE A BETTER WAY TO EXPLAIN ME PLEASE SEND ME AN INTERESTING THAN A WRAL DOT COM. Listen, I better wrap up before a giant prank starts creeping into frame. THE POINT IS THERE ARE LIKE 4 DIFFERENT STORIES HERE THAT USUALLY ENTERED INTO THE SAME 52ND REPORT. THE KIND OF FELT NEED TO CLARIFY THAT. MAYBE SOME OF YOU NEED SOME CLARIFICATIONS. I HOPE THIS ALL MAKES SENSE. IF IT’S NOT. IF YOU HAVE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS, LET ME KNOW BECAUSE I REPEAT IT OVER AND OVER. DAN AT WRAL POINT COM. AND I HOPE I SPOKEN SLOW ENOUGH FOR EVERYBODY, BUT NOT TOO SLOWLY.

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