Far-right Republican leader Valentina Gómez sparked controversy by posting a video of herself setting LGBTQ books on fire with a flamethrower. Gomez, 24, is running for Missouri secretary of state and the video circulating on the Internet is part of her campaign.
In the video, Gómez declares: “This is what I will do with the grooming books when I am Secretary of State. These books come from a public library in Missouri. When I’m in office, they will burn them.” He also promises to burn all books that “groom, indoctrinate, and sexualize children” if she is elected.
The video, shared on Gomez’s official X, Facebook and Instagram accounts, shows her burning two books, including ‘Queer: The Ultimate LGBTQ Guide for Teens’ and ‘Naked: Not Your Average Sex Encyclopedia.’ In a separate X post, Gomez is shown holding a rifle, with a caption that reads: “Thank you for your support, stay away from children. I’m not asking you.” She claims that she will protect all the children with Jesus at her side.
Gomez’s campaign website describes her as a real estate investor, financier, strategist and “a fierce advocate for the principles and values we hold dear as Americans fighting for a better future.” Her stance on book bans is shared by many Republican leaders across the country. Police were called last year in Illinois and Massachusetts when teachers read books about gender identity and sexuality in high school classrooms, the New York Post reported.
In Iowa, US federal judges have blocked laws that ban some books from school libraries and prevent teachers from talking about LGBTQ issues. Florida has blocked class discussions about gender and sexuality, the American tabloid claimed. According to a PEN America report, more than 1,600 books were banned during the 2021-2022 school year. More than half of the books banned or challenged had LGBTQ+ themes, The Post said.
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first published: February 8, 2024, 10:10 IST