So reminiscent of all the debates we once had at home in Chamberlain (and resolved!) about whether schools could prohibit teachers from using books featuring about kids who had two mothers, or two fathers. sigh.
“the targeted and uncontrolled dissemination of generally accessible information capable of harming the health and moral and spiritual development of minors,” particularly that which could create “a distorted impression” of “marital relations.”
Book by Johnny Valentine (2004)
Under this new law, I guess my "Angels in America" research (thinking about the encounter of a gay man and mormon woman) would be on the prohibited list. Would I be allowed to speak about it now... given the risk of uncontrolled dissemination of information about same sex relationships?
Anyways, one of the skits involved a dance between two of the clowns (to the song "Shall We Dance?") As you might expect, they dance with eachother. At the end of the sketch, the two clowns went into the audience, and pulled up men from the audience to dance with them [and a third clown rushed in at the last minute to join them.... so we had three male couples dancing at the end]. here is a short clip from the sketch performed back in 2009).
I couldn't help but see the piece as a moment of political activism by the clowns. Afterall, they were performing to an audience of children, exactly those who need to be protected from the idea that there might be same-sex relationships or love or desire. So.....Watching the sketch both made me happy and broke my heart.