I know things in nitnth grade are different from the way they were when I was in ninth grade, but I didn't realize they were this different:

In rural, small-town Iowa, a group of parents and community leaders is seeking to prevent students from the local taxpayer-funded middle school and high school from attending future versions of an anti–bullying conference for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender teens.

Among the nearly two dozen speakers, “only two” addressed bullying, one attendee estimated, according to EAGnews.org.

The rest of the sessions involved issues such as “how to pleasure their gay partners.”

Middle school girls from Humboldt (pop.: 4,690) had the opportunity to learn “how to sew fake testicles into their underwear in order to pass themselves off as boys.”

One speaker wore a dress made out of condoms to which could be “used as needed.” Another speaker raised the important middle-school issue of using the Internet to locate an orgy.

A father from Des Moines whose daughter attended the conference described the girl’s experience.

“She thought she was attending this conference to learn how students can be supportive of their homosexual peers,” he explained, according to EAGnews.

“When she got there, it wasn’t really on bullying; it was basically a sexual education class for same-sex couples,” the mad dad said. “It was crude. One presenter told students who asked whether anal sex hurt that, as a lesbian, it really depended on how big the device is that their partner straps on.”

This is Iowa? I thought the Hawkeye State was mainly notable for being Dullsville-by-the-Mississippi and  having too many cornstalks and churches.

The annual April conference, titled "The Governor's LGBTQ Youth Conference," (how did the governor get involved?) is run by an activist organization called Iowa Sate Schools. WHO-TV, an Iowa NBC affliate reported:

The group admits one of the speakers talked in depth about sexual health and used vulgar language in front of a thousand middle school and high school aged students.

At least one Iowa community group has circulated a petition asking their local school districts to ban participation in the conferenvce, and Iowa GOP Stat Rep. Greg. Heartsill sent  a letter to all 150 Iowa School superintendants asking them to provide information about how many students and faculty attended and how much it cost the districts. Heartsill declared:

My biggest concern is that school kids — minors — were allegedly subjected to presentations that were sexually explicit, obscene, and laced with profanity. The conference had very little to do with anti-bullying or the promotion of tolerance and understanding. In fact, the closing speaker — whose presentation was reportedly littered with F- and S-bombs in almost every sentence — encouraged the attendees to vandalize the property of those who disagree with the LGBTQ lifestyle.

The obscenities and the call to deface were said to have been delivered by Miss Coco Peru, a red-headed drag queen invited to address the attendees.

According to the Daily Caller, Iowa Safe Schools takes the position that the problem isn't its conference but uptight parents who need a chill pill:

Nate Monson, executive director of Iowa Safe Schools, said parents who worry about middle school kids hearing about anal sex with strap-ons and analingus are “disgusting.”

“It’s incredibly frustrating that adults are being the problem and being the bully,” Monson told the Des Moines NBC affiliate. “We can do better in Iowa.”

And the progressive website ThinkProgress had a good time mocking Heartsill for now knowing what the acronym "LGBTQ" stands for.

Actually, Heartstill isn't the only one. Does the "Q" in "LGBTQ" stand for "queer" or "questioning"? I've heard it both ways.

Now, I'm wholeheartedly against youngsters' bullying their gay classmates, as most people are, I'm sure. But does Iowa really need a tax-subsidized conference to make that point? Shouldn't that be the job of local teachers and school administrators? And someone needs to ask Miss Coco Peru how she'd feel if someone vandalized her jewelry collection.