Christian actor and author Kirk Cameron has announced plans to release his new children's book, Pride Comes Before the Fall, on June 1, the first day of Pride Month. And if the book's title is any indication, it will be wearing its hate on its sleeve.
The Growing Pains actor is known for his long history of anti-LGBTQ+ stances, including claiming that homosexuality is "unnatural, detrimental, and destructive" in a 2012 interview with Piers Morgan.
Pride Comes Before the Fall will be Cameron's second children's book. His first, As You Grow, was published in December 2022 by conservative publisher Brave Books.
Per The Washington Times, Brave Books reached out to more than 50 libraries last year to ask that they sponsor readings by Cameron for his first book tour, only to be denied or ignored by all of them.
Nevertheless, Cameron has found audiences for his readings, renting out public rooms when libraries are not available.
Last Saturday, he appeared at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, N.C., where he gave a preview of Pride Comes Before the Fall. Speaking to the children and parents present, Cameron said, "it’s a story about a tiger named Valor and his partner named Kevin. They need to learn the lesson of humility.”
His next scheduled reading will take place at the Seattle Public Library, which has received criticism for hosting an anti-LGBTQ+ author.
"Many of you are asking why we would allow this booking, citing the author’s views on abortion, LGBTQ+ rights, and more," the library said in a statement on Twitter. "We understand these questions. We are committed to intellectual freedom, even when viewpoints expressed do not align with our values."
"We oppose censorship in all forms," they added in a follow-up tweet.
It remains to be seen whether the Seattle reading will be protested, as well as what specific anti-pride content will be included in Pride Comes Before the Fall.