Dem Senate candidate under fire for ties to union accused of pushing sexually explicit content to teens

As the Senate race in Ohio heats up, Democratic candidate Tim Ryan is taking his own heat for his ties to a teachers’ union that provided public school employees in one of the state’s school districts with QR code-enhanced “LGTBQ+ Ally” badges that allegedly linked teens with websites that feature incredibly graphic, undeniably inappropriate descriptions of sexual practices.

The National Education Association (NEA) reportedly gave the woefully woke badges to educators in the Hilliard City Schools District and continues, along with the Hilliard Education Association (HEA) to support the move, despite parental concerns.

So graphic are the descriptions, we at American Wire feel it necessary to warn our readers before continuing.

Fox News Digital reports:

The badges read “Safe Person Safe Space” and the QR codes featured on one side of them leads inquiring minds to the “NEA LGBTQ+ Caucus” website that contains numerous links to sources like Sex, Etc., Gender Spectrum, Scarleteen, Teen Health Source, and The Trevor Project.

One of the linked resources from Teen Health Source, titled “Queering Sexual Education,” includes a how-to guide with explicit language for sex practices including “anal sex,” “bondage,” “sexting,” “rimming,” “domination,” “sadomasochism,” “muffing,” and “fisting.”


Lisa Chaffee is not just a parent in the Hilliard City Schools District, she’s the director of Ohio Parents Rights in Education, and she blames Ryan, who has proudly touted his endorsement from the NEA and the Ohio Education Association (OEA), for empowering the NEA to flood the district’s classrooms with the “toxic material.”

In a statement to Fox News Digital, Chaffee said, “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. At the end of the day, it’s the Democrat politicians like Tim Ryan who empower these teachers’ unions.”

Ryan announced the union endorsements last year on Twitter.

“As the husband of a teacher, I know the challenges facing our students and educators,” he stated. “I’ll keep working to invest in our schools so our teachers have the resources to give all our kids the education and support they need to thrive.”

On a December podcast with OEA president Scott DiMauro, he described the protests from angry, concerned Ohioans against the state’s school boards as “craziness” that is turning off potential new teachers who don’t want to deal with those parents.

“We can’t be silent on this BS that we’ve seen over this past several months of just setting up a camera at a school board meeting and having someone sign you in and a politician goes in there that has no other interest in that school district other than on demagoguing on whatever particular issue,” he said at the time, adding, “We gotta call people out…”

“You’re seeing it across professions,” he continued, “most in the public sector of people saying, ‘I’m not going to go into teaching. I’m going to go expose myself to this craziness and parents?'”

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

Ryan’s opponent in November’s Senate race is Republican J.D. Vance, who called Ryan’s ties to the teachers’ union an “unholy alliance.”

“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. “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,” he continued. “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.”

Meanwhile, HEA president Linna Jordan has stated that the controversy is “manufactured” by “political radicals.”

According to her, the QR codes are located on the back of the badges and only serve as “resources for educators — not students — to ensure trusted adults are equipped to support their students and provide assistance as needed.”

Citing a rise in suicides among LGBTQ+ students, Jordan insists the “support is desperately 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,” she argued.

“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 continued. “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.”

In a statement to ABC6, the superintendent of Hilliard School District, Dave Stewart, echoed Jordan’s claims.

The badges, he maintained, were “provided to adults by the NEA should they be interested in learning more about LGTBQ+ issues and supporting LGBTQ+ students.” The QR code, he stated, linked to resources that were for “adult learning only” and “should not be included or used in designing any lesson plan.”


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