The first scandal that unfolded was an autobiographical confession from Kevin Jennings, Obama’s “Safe Schools Czar.” Jennings proudly wrote that, when he elicited from a teenage boy the fact that the teenager was sexually involved with an adult man, Jennings didn’t flinch. Unconcerned about such minutiae as statutory rape, child abuse, and pedophilia, Jennings focused on the real issue: condoms, which he advised the child to use. So far, Jennings has survived that scandal.
Zombie predicts, however, that Jennings won’t survive the next round of revelations, this one concerning Jennings’ idol, a guy named Harry Hay. In a starry eyed speech from the mid-1990s, Jennings spoke of Hay as an inspiring leader of the gay rights movement. Well, that’s true if you think that pedophilia is a significant part of the movement. Hays was an active advocate for what’s sweetly called “man-boy love.” Less sweetly, it’s called pedophilia or child rape.
Nor is this predilicition for sexual congress with young boys a small part of Hays’ history. Jennings therefore cannot defend his hero worship by claiming “But I didn’t know.” As Zombie demonstrates, whenever Hays’ name comes up, NAMBLA, the “man-boy love” organization is a big part of his identity.
In any event, given Jenning’s admittedly cavalier response to the story of a teenager preyed upon by an older man, one really shouldn’t doubt that Hays’ belief about the important role adult sexual mentors play in gay youths’ development jives comfortably with Jennings’ own beliefs.