Republican candidate burns LGBTQ+ books with flamethrower
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Missouri Republican candidate Valentina Gomez has faced criticism for posting a video on Instagram where she burns LGBTQ+ books with a flamethrower. The video has since been removed from the platform.
The video, posted on Tuesday (6 February), showed the candidate for Missouri secretary of state taking a blowtorch to a pile of LGBTQ-inclusive books, which she described using the offensive term 'groomer'.
Gomez claimed that she was being 'censored' after the video was removed from Instagram. Kathy Belge, one of the authors of Queer: The Ultimate LGBTQ Guide for Teens, expressed concern that a candidate for public office would believe burning books is an acceptable way to get elected.
Kathy Belge, one of the authors of Queer: The Ultimate LGBTQ Guide for Teens, told NBC News that Americans should be 'concerned' that a candidate for public office would believe burning books is an acceptable way to try to get elected.
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