Karen Pence, wife of Vice President Mike Pence, has begun teaching art part-time at a school that bans LGBTQ students, teachers, and parents. In response, The Trevor Project, a non-profit focused on suicide prevention efforts for LGBTQ youth, has sent 100 copies of John Oliver’s pro-gay bunny book, A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo, to the school.
The book is a parody of Marlon Bundo’s Day in the Life of the Vice President, which was illustrated by Karen Pence and written by daughter Charlotte Pence, and is told from the perspective of the Pence’s pet bunny, Marlon Bundo.
In Oliver’s version, written by Last Week Tonight staffer Jill Twiss and illustrated by E.G. Keller, Marlon is a gay rabbit who falls in love with another boy rabbit. All proceeds from the book have gone to The Trevor Project and AIDS United.
“The Trevor Project hears from young people every day about their experiences with rejection at home and school—places where they should feel the safest,” said Amit Paley, CEO & Executive Director of The Trevor Project in a statement.
“We know that lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth from rejecting families are more than eight times more likely to attempt suicide than their straight peers. We hope Immanuel Christian School will adopt policies of inclusion for LGBTQ young people that make them feel safe, accepted, and loved.”
“As an alumnus of Immanuel Christian School, I am a living example that intolerance, both in policy and rhetoric, are harmful to the mental wellness and development of LGBTQ students, who are desperately looking for ways to fit in,” said Luke Hartman, an out gay man.
“The silent and spoken messages of rejection that are constantly felt by LGBTQ students directly impact the relationship they have with their faith, education, and relationships with family and friends—ultimately resulting in a feeling of being less than when compared to their straight and cisgender peers.”