Senator allegedly compared homosexuality to bestiality while meeting LGBTI youth

Wyoming Senator Lynn Hutchings

A Wyoming senator is being accused of comparing homosexuality to bestiality while meeting with members of a local high school’s Gay-Straight Alliance club.

The advocacy group Wyoming Group filed a formal complaint letter against Republican Sen. Lynn Hutchings.

According to the letter, Hutchings made the comments on 1 February at the organization’s bi-annual Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) Civics Day.

During this event, student members of GSA clubs across the state attend and learn about civic engagement and state government. They meet with various elected officials, including judges, legislators, and more.

A group of 10 students from Central High School attending the event sent in a note to their district representative, Sen. Hutchings.

They wanted to discuss House Bill 230 with her. The bill would have protected people from workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. It died in the House the following Monday.

What happened next?

Sen. Hutchings allegedly came out to meet the students. She told them she was unfamiliar with the bill’s language and the students began to explain.

That’s when Hutchings made the alleged comments.

The 4 February letter states she said the following:

‘If my sexual orientation was to have sex with all of the men in there and I had sex with all of the women in there and then they brought their children and I had sex with all of them and then brought their dogs in and I had sex with them, should I be protected for my sexual orientation?’

Following these remarks, Hutchings reportedly continued to interrupt the students’ comments before excusing herself.

Swift criticism

The letter continues, acknowledging the ‘state legislature’s anti-harassment policy mentions no protected classes, including sexual orientation and gender identity’.

Regardless, it describes Hutching’s behavior as ‘unacceptable and inexcusable’.

The mayor of Cheyenne, Marian Orr, tweeted out her own criticism.

‘Shame on you, Sen Hutchings,’ she wrote. ‘We deserve better. Our youth deserve better. Bestiality is equivalent to being gay? Really?’

Wyoming’s Democratic party is now calling on Hutchings to resign.

‘Her remarks were not appropriate for any audience, but that she said this to children is especially revolting. It shows a clear lack of good judgment,’ Wyoming Democratic Party Chairman Joe Barbuto said in a statement.

‘Senate District 5 deserves a Senator who they can trust to behave and speak in a manner that upholds the dignity of the office and reflects an understanding that every person deserves to be treated with respect. Lynn Hutchings is now incapable of providing that level of representation. She must resign immediately.’

Republicans in the state have not released a statement yet.

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Lynn HutchingsShe said that LGBTQ civil rights law is like legally protecting people who have sex with children and dogs.

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Dad tears down Gay-Straight Alliance poster from daughter’s school

Ken Allen and the Gay-Straight Alliance Poster

A father in Missouri went to his daughter’s middle school and tore down a poser for its Gay-Straight Alliance club. He then brought the poster to a parent-teacher conference.

Ken Allen and his family believe the Columbia Public School District broke the law by advertising the club around the school.

Allen’s daughter, seventh-grader Summer, attends Smithton Middle School.

At a meeting with the Columbia Board of Education on Monday (10 December) night, the Allen family brought up the club. They stated the school district should have informed the parents of the club and its ‘intentions’.

According to ABC 17 News, Summer began noticing the posters for the club more frequently this school year. That’s when she told her parents.

She said her father told her the posters were ‘verbal sexual harassment’ and it was ‘against the law’ for the school to do that.

A matter of ‘privacy’

The poster in question shows several hands covering a heart. The hands are marked with terms like ‘lesbian’, ‘pansexual’, and ‘transgender’.

On the school’s website, GSA is listed as one of its clubs.

The description of the club reads: ‘The GSA, Gay Straight Alliance, welcomes all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and straight youth to come and talk about any issues concerning them. We hope to create a safe place to offer support, resources, and a place to have fun!’

Ken Allen told ABC he removed the poster from his daughter’s school in a ‘fit of rage’. He also said school administrators ‘chased’ him from campus.

‘I think that parents that want to have this conversation with their children should, in the home,’ Allen said.

‘I think that just like certain other topics, such as religion and Christianity, that perhaps the school, in and of itself, should not be the proper place for this conversation.’

Not against the law

School district spokesperson Michelle Baumstark said the school is not violating the law.

The law Allen referred to is a law stating school district must notify parents of their children’s human sexuality and health instruction. Then, if parents want to, they can remove their children from instruction.

GSA, however, is a club and not a type of formal instruction.

The school is not pressing charges against Allen for coming onto property and taking the sign.

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