To the British media, it was nothing more than a homosexual recruiting manual that sought to undermine Western civilisation as we know it. The fact that the English language version was published by Gay Men’s Press merely confirmed this conspiracy.
This evil propaganda took the form of a black and white photo book depicting six-year old Jenny, her father and his male partner going about their day-to-day business together. They engaged in such nefarious activities as walking down the street, reading books, eating and…Oh my God, lying in bed!
Clearly, children in heterosexual families are never exposed to that kind of thing: it’s obviously unique to the homosexual agenda. Or so you would think if you were to believe the hysterical declarations of the tabloid Press and Conservative MPs.
The Sun, as part of its ongoing campaign against ‘Loony Left’ Labour authorities ran the front page headline, “Vile Book In School: Pupils See Pictures Of Gay Lovers”, claiming that the book was available in school libraries. It wasn’t – nor ever had been – but then The Sun has never let the facts get in the way of a good story.
It was available in an Inner London Education Authority centre – for loan to teachers who wanted to know more about lesbian or gay parents. But that wouldn’t have made a good headline.
The same line was taken by Tory MP Dame Jill Knight in Parliament, when she declared that the book was available in schools. Yet she was unable to name a single school using it. That was down to the simple fact that they weren’t!
Sadly, the uninformed hysteria surrounding Jenny Lives with Eric and Martin was symptomatic of the uninformed hysteria that led to the introduction of the infamous Clause 28 of the Local Government Act, prohibiting Local Authorities from ‘promoting’ homosexuality.
I shall post on Clause 28 later. In the meantime, I reproduce below a review of ‘Jenny‘. It’s taken from the December 83 issue of Gay East Midlands magazine and it was written by Oliver White – who was 11-years old at the time.
I personally think this book is very true to life. It’s a good idea to have books like this because people should understand about gays. Children generally think gays are funny because they love their own sex and so they make horrid jokes about them. But they don’t usually know anyone who is gay, so they don’t really understand them. I think children should read books like this because it would help them to understand gay people.
I think gay people are alright because I live with them and know what they’re really like. If more children read books like this they would understand too and grow up knowing what gay people are really like.
I like the black and white photographs by Andreas Hansen. I think the settings are very realistic. The book was written for children between the ages of 6 and 8 but I think people of any age could read and enjoy it.