Dem candidate in hot seat for ties to union that allegedly peddled graphic sexual content to teens

Ohio Democratic Senate candidate Tim Ryan is being confronted over his connection to a teachers’ union that reportedly made badges for public school employees that promoted information and graphic descriptions of sexual practices to students.

The union allegedly created badges for the public school employees to wear that had a QR code on them which linked to websites promoting sexual content.

Reporters uncovered earlier this week that the National Education Association (NEA), which is the largest teachers’ union in the country, was supplying educators in the Hilliard City Schools District with “LGBTQ+ Ally” badges. The content that the QR codes linked to infuriated many parents in the district who considered it explicit and unsuitable for young children, according to Fox News Digital.

The badges were labeled “Safe Person Safe Space” and the QR codes linked to the “NEA LGBTQ+ Caucus” website that contains numerous links to sources such as Sex, Etc., Gender Spectrum, Scarleteen, Teen Health Source, and The Trevor Project.

The disturbing and graphic descriptions were reported by Fox News and reader discretion is advised.

Teen Health Source had one of the most disturbing resources titled “Queering Sexual Education.” It provides a how-to guide with explicit language for sex practices that include anal sex, bondage, sexting, rimming, domination, sadomasochism, muffing, and fisting.

The director of Ohio Parents Rights in Education, Lisa Chaffee, who is also a parent in the Hilliard City Schools District, claims that Ryan “empowered” the NEA to bring the “toxic material” into classrooms.

“We are fighting tirelessly to get this toxic material out of our children’s classrooms, but the teachers’ unions we’re up against have been unrelenting in their efforts to indoctrinate our kids,” Chaffee declared in a statement given to Fox News Digital. “At the end of the day, it’s the Democrat politicians like Tim Ryan who empower these teachers’ unions.”

“It’s time to take the authority away from these radicals and put the power back in the hands of Ohio parents,” she demanded.

Ryan is unabashedly proud of the endorsements that he has received from the NEA and its state affiliate, the Ohio Education Association (OEA), and touts them on the campaign trail.

During a December podcast interview with Scott DiMauro, president of the Ohio Education Association, Ryan warned that it’s time to “stand up for our public schools” as school board protests from parents concerned over their child’s curriculum were taking place nationwide. He basically called those parents crazy for taking a stand.

J.D. Vance, who is the Republican candidate running against Ryan in Ohio’s November Senate election, charged that Ryan’s “alliance” with the teachers’ union is what is leading to explicit materials being disseminated to teachers and students throughout the public school system in the state.

“There is an unholy alliance between Democrat politicians like Tim Ryan and the teachers’ unions responsible for the disgusting sexualization of our children,” Vance told Fox News Digital in an interview. “Explicit sexual material of this nature has no place in Ohio classrooms. Tim Ryan should know better than to downplay the seriousness of this issue, but the campaign contributions of Big Education have blinded him to that obvious truth.”

“Ohio needs a U.S. Senator who will stand up to the sick and twisted bosses of these teachers’ unions and put control of our children’s education back in the hands of parents,” the Republican remarked.

In a statement from the Hilliard Education Association, President Linna Jordan accused “political radicals” of ginning up controversy and claimed that the QR codes are located on the back of the badges and provide “resources for educators — not students — to ensure trusted adults are equipped to support their students and provide assistance as needed.”

“The ‘I’m here. Safe person. Safe space’ badges that some Hilliard educators opted to wear are visible symbols of their support to their students who may need it and serve as a critical lifeline for LGBTQ+ students who are in crisis who need a trusted adult to help,” Jordan commented, also stating that the “support is desperately needed” due to a rise in suicides among LGBTQ+ youth.

“Unfortunately, extremists working to amplify the playbooks of a national network of political radicals are once again trying to manufacture controversy and weaponize LGBTQ+ issues to distract Ohioans from the very real issues facing our schools,” she asserted. “They don’t need to have pundits and political puppeteers spinning up a moral panic around badges that simply identify some educators as trusted adults. It’s disingenuous and cruel, and we must all come together to demand better for our kids.”

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