State Rep. Jeanne Ives ( R-Wheaton ), on Aug. 2, posted an article to her Facebook page from the right-wing Illinois Family Institute mocking transgender students, LGBT parents and numerous others. The article ultimately warned Christian parents of the supposed dangers their children faced if left in secular schools.
On her post, Ives warned that the pro-LGBT developments discussed in the article are "happening in Wheaton schools too."
The article was penned by Laurie Higgins, IFI's "cultural analyst," and laments, among other anti-LGBT musings, that activists teach that "men can be mommies, and women daddies"; "to be loving, compassionate, and inclusive, they must lie by calling gender-pretending peers by opposite-sex pronouns, and they must be willing to relinquish their privacy"; and "expressing the belief that homoerotic activity or cross-dressing and bodily mutilation are wrong is equivalent to bullying and the cause of teen suicide."
Carol Stream-based IFI was first classified as a hate-group by the Southern Poverty Law Center in 2009.
Ives has regularly opposed pro-LGBT advancements and has had a tumultuous relationship with the community. In 2016, a gay man was convicted of leaving a threatening voicemail message on her office phone three years earlier.
Ives' posting was reported by Jezebel at theslot.jezebel.com/illinois-state-rep-seemingly-worried-lgbt-protections-1797512443 .