The season premiere of children’s cartoon Arthur featured a wedding between a male rat and a male aardvark.

The animated show, which airs on PBS in the United States, as well as other taxpayer-funded broadcast networks worldwide, kicked off its 22nd season with a gay interspecies union between Mr. Ratburn, a regular character, and his partner, Patrick.

“Arthur, along with his friends Muffy, Francine and Buster, like most elementary school students, are intrigued that their teacher has a life outside of school,” Variety explains in a description of the episode. “The students know their rodent teacher enjoys puppetry, playing in a rock band and bird watching — but getting married?”

“That calls for an investigation. The team snoops around in search of who they think is the bride to be. In a twist, the children learn the bride is actually another groom — and he’s a chocolatier.”

GLAAD voiced their approval of the episode’s theme, tweeting, “Congratulations Mr. Ratburn!”

One Twitter user pointed out that another character, Mr. Ratburn’s sister, is portrayed as also being potentially gay.

An Arthur spinoff show called ‘Postcards From Buster’ reportedly featured a lesbian couple in a 2005 episode which was pulled when then-Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings slammed the use of public funds to promote LGBT propaganda.



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Converse has announced the release of a new line of shoes celebrating LGBT culture alongside a marketing campaign featuring characters of various sexual orientations, including an 11-year-old ‘drag kid’ who goes by the stage name ‘Desmond Is Amazing.’

“We’re happy to launch our Pride Collection, partnering with six individuals connected to the LGBTQ+ community who show the power of expressing one’s true self,” the apparel company tweeted on Monday.

Desmond is highlighted on the Converse website wearing a flamboyant outfit and make-up, striking a dramatic dance pose alongside a quote stating, “There is no normal.”

A brief bio describes him as a “drag kid / lgbtq+ advocate.”

Desmond Napoles has autism, according to his parents, who say that his ‘drag performances’ help him to cope with his disability.

He began to garner attention in 2015 after dancing in the NYC Pride Parade, and amid rising popularity on social media, Napoles was invited to appear on Good Morning America, where he danced for the audience and was paid a visit from three adult drag queens.

In late 2018, disturbing video footage surfaced of Desmond performing at gay bars in Brooklyn and San Francisco, while grown men threw bills at him, and shortly afterwards, journalists discovered Desmond had appeared in a interview with infamous 90s “club kid” Michael Alig, who had spent 17 years in jail for the killing and dismemberment of a fellow clubber and drug dealer.

“On Alig’s show ‘Pee-ew!’ 10-year-old Desmond sat between Alig and Alig’s fellow ‘Club Kid’ Ernie Glam, making stilted conversation about the child’s favorite television shows, ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ and ‘Dragula,'” LifeSite reports. “Over their heads was a painting of a cartoon child skipping rope over the word ‘Rohypnol.’ Rohypnol is a well-known date rape drug often used to incapacitate victims marked for sexual assault.”

Some have offered speculation based on evidence and comments made by Desmond’s parents that they may even use proceeds he generates to help support the family.



Owen Shroyer reports that activists dressed as clowns interrupted a local ‘drag queen story hour’ event in New Orleans to draw attention to the absurdity of the situation. As a consequence, they were promptly kicked out of the event.

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A Virginia teacher has been fired by unanimous school board decision for referring to a recently-transgendered student by name in lieu of pronouns in a landmark decision.

Likely the first decision of its kind in the state, West Point School Board delivered a 5-0 verdict in favor of terminating high school French teacher Peter Vlaming during a four-hour hearing packed with supporters of Vlaming, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Vlaming had been placed on administrative leave following a discrimination complaint by student’s parents because Vlaming agreed to call the child by the newly-adopted first name, but not the new preferred pronouns, citing his Christian faith.

Vlaming had personally taught the student before and after switch.

An online petition in support of Vlaming, who also served as a bus driver and soccer coach, has accumulated over 1,000 signatures and quotes him as saying:

“I won’t use male pronouns with a female student that now identifies as a male though I did agree to use the new masculine name but avoid female pronouns. [The] administration is requiring that I use masculine pronouns in any and every context at school. I was informed that any further instances of using female pronouns would be grounds for termination.”

Vlaming’s lawyer, Shawn Voyles, argues that his client’s constitutional rights have been violated.

“One of those rights that is not curtailed is to be free from being compelled to speak something that violates your conscience,” Voyles said.

Vlaming has indicated he would be interested in pursuing a legal appeal.

“I have to research how we would do that, what that would entail,” Vlaming said. “I do think it’s a serious question of First Amendment rights.”

“I am being punished for what I haven’t said.”


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