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An Anti-LGBTQ Texas Mom Out to Ban Library Books Gets Pushback from Her Gay Son

Weston Brown saw a video of his mom speaking at a school board meeting and decided to speak up.

Weston Brown said he was outraged when he discovered that his mother was leading a campaign to ban books with sex and LGBTQ themes from public school libraries. (Photo by Alan Nakkash for NBC News)

Weston Brown was scrolling through Twitter last month when he came across a video that made his chest tighten. It showed a woman at a school board meeting in North Texas, calling on district leaders to ask for forgiveness.

Much as the seemingly intractable arguments over America’s pandemic response and conspiracy theories about the 2020 election have led to fractured personal relationships in recent years, these clashes over gender and sexuality have pitted neighbors against neighborsparents against teachers and — in the case of the Browns — a son against his mother.

“The rejection you have chosen”

Monica Brown posted this picture on Facebook after baking two batches of brownies — one normal, and one with dog poop mixed in — to teach her then-20-year-old a lesson on purity after he went to see “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” a PG-13 superhero movie that she disapproved of. (Photo courtesy Weston Brown)

“A raging fire”

“I pray for you”

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