Responding to the news that the vice president's wife, Karen Pence, is teaching art at a school that bans LGBTQ people, the Trevor Project has sent 100 copies of A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo, a book about a boy bunny who falls in love with another boy bunny, to the school. The book, by Last Week Tonight With John Oliver staffer Jill Twiss, was a response to Marlon Bundo’s A Day in the Life of the Vice President, written by Mike and Karen Pence’s daughter Charlotte Pence and with illustrations from Karen about the family rabbit. The story, which on its surface seemed harmless enough, was taken on a book tour with stops at events for the anti-LGBTQ organizations including Focus on the Family, which is what spurred Oliver and his staff to counter with their own book.
The Trevor Project swung into action shortly after news broke that Karen Pence had taken a job as an art teacher at Immanuel Christian School in Springfield, Va. Potential employees of the school are required to sign an employment contract confirming they are born-again Christians who will live by a certain set of evangelical principles, so the Trevor Project swung into action, according to HuffPost.
Along with the 100 copies of A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo, the Trevor Project included “a heartfelt note that encourages the school’s leaders to accept LGBTQ young people,” the group said.
Immanuel Christian’s job application (available online) forbids “moral misconduct” outlined as “heterosexual activity outside of marriage (e.g., premarital sex, cohabitation, extramarital sex), homosexual or lesbian sexual activity, polygamy, transgender identity, any other violation of the unique roles of male and female, sexual harassment, use or viewing of pornographic material or websites, and sexual abuse or improprieties toward minors as defined by Scripture and federal or state law.”
Those who want to be considered for employment at Immanuel Christian must also confirm that they believe that marriage is between a man and a woman.
Furthermore, those “who condone such behaviors [as outlined on the form]” will not be considered for employment at the school where the vice president’s wife now teaches.
Democratic National Committee LGBTQ media director Lucas Acosta responded to the news of Karen Pence’s new job in a statement this week:
"School should be a place where every child feels welcome, free to identify, and empowered to learn without fear or distraction. No child should fear expulsion, discrimination or any other retribution by school officials for coming out or allying with LGBTQ people. By teaching at a school that bans LGBTQ parents, teachers, students, and allies, Karen Pence is actively supporting and promoting an institution that endorses discrimination. And this is just the latest example of this administration using its power and platform to discriminate against the LGBTQ community."
A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo became an Amazon best seller shortly after Oliver spoke about it in a segment on Last Week Tonight last March.