After Texas conservative attacks book about a Black gay Santa, commenters rally

A book depicting the story of a black Santa and his white husband living happily in the North Pole has sparked controversy in Texas. (credit: HarperCollins)

A Texan politician seemed to be looking to muster up hate when she blew up a gay and transgender-friendly book about Santa Claus on Facebook that was instead an overwhelmed love — for the writers, an open commentator.

The November 21 post, from Elaine Troxler, a former Austin City Council member dubbed “Proven Conservative” who is now running for a Republican seat at Texas House, included a photo of the 2017 book santa husband Written by Daniel Kiplesmith, which is featured in her local library. Besides, she wrote, “You can no longer walk through the children’s Christmas section of a bookstore with your kids without being bombarded with inappropriate content, shown by staff who want to ‘get people’ to read it.”

She continued, “What is the leftist obsession with the gender of child content? And why should there be a left-wing agenda for everything everywhere and all the time?”

But things didn’t quite go the way Troxclair had hoped.

Instead, I met an army of santa husband allies.

One commenter asked, “If this was a book about Mrs. Claus called ‘Santa’s Wife’, would she still consider it ‘sexual?'” “

“What is the right-wing obsession with sexualizing LGBTQ+ relationships? Growing up,” another added. “If you see any kind of relationship and immediately see the potential sexual side of it rather than the romantic/partnership side, you are emotionally and morally off.”

Other criticized comments:

“If this bothers you, you are the problem. This is America, Mrs. Free Speech.”

Another said: “Leftism is when private publishing companies print books for display in private bookstores.” “I guess if you don’t like what’s on offer in that bookstore, you’re free to go elsewhere?”

“Who is sexualizing what? You will walk by the book “Santa Claus and his wife” without problems, but you will change it to the husband, and now the sex is inappropriate? Have you imagined the relationship of Santa and Mrs. Claus in the bedroom?”

The book in question — categorized by publisher Harper Collins as “humour,” “comics and graphic novels” and “LGBTQ+” — is a new twist on the Santa story, chronicling the story of black Santa and his white husband and their lives together in the North Pole. Featuring illustrations from Ap Quach, the book also touches on the joys and tribulations that come with being a gay couple.

According to the author, who responded to the controversy on Twitter on Tuesday, this type of response isn’t entirely outlandish. In fact, he says, the backlash has emerged every year since the book’s release. But in recent years, negativity has overtaken the growing acceptance of LGBTQ love around the world.

“I was really late to this party. I thought all the anger was going to end by now,” Kiplesmith tells Yahoo Life, adding that Troxclair is now “only responsible for reviving their Amazon numbers.”

He explains that “the ratio of positive to negative responses tends to be more positive every year.” “But I think Troxclair came out so disingenuous in her anger that this time she blew around the gates of positivity and people really seemed compelled to tell her she was a little cranky.”

The book inciting such a profound response actually matches the story behind it, says Keppelsmith, explaining that the inspiration came from what he calls “the uproar” surrounding Black Santa’s appointment at the Mall of America in 2016, and in the endless wake of Megyn Kelly’s comments, which announced During which both Jesus and Santa were white.

“I tweeted [at the time] That if we had a child, we would only tell them about a black Santa and if they saw a white Santa we would explain to them that he was the husband of Santa Claus,” he recalls. “Then,” an illustrator responded with a two-piece artwork Santa Claus posed with love and generosity, and the overwhelmingly positive comments convinced us that People would like an entire book on the subject, even if they had another, at the time, very rare Christmas book that acknowledges the existence of childless families and couples. straight and white.”

Ultimately, however, Kiplesmith says the purpose of the book was not necessarily to stir up ideologies, but simply to give families a chance to see themselves.

“My hope for the book, as [it is] Every Christmas, it’s the people who see the sweetness in it, buy it and enjoy it,” he says. Had it not been for the stunning watercolor illustrations by Ashley Quach.”

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