Who is Ashley St Clair? Author of anti-trans children's book slams 'sick gender propaganda'
Ashley St Clair's book 'Elephants are Not Birds' is apparently an unapologetic rebuke of transgender acceptance
Brave Books, a publishing house that claims to bring “real American values that endure into the hearts and minds of children and their families,” and to “equip parents with a tool box full of books that will provide a conservative alternative to the current cultural activism,” has published an anti-transgender rights book for kids called ‘Elephants are Not Birds’.
The story features an elephant named Kevin who likes to sing, who is convinced by a vulture named Culture that because he warbles so well, he must actually be a bird. Culture then gives Kevin a pair of wings and a beak to wear. Kevin’s attempts to live life as a bird are less than successful.
Who is Ashley St Clair?
As per the New York Post, St Clair, the author of the book says it’s an unapologetic rebuke of transgender acceptance and the growing number of young people identifying as transgender. “You get special attention now in the classroom if you say, ‘Hey my name is not Billy, it’s Amanda',” the 22-year-old told The Post. “I am going to have a little boy in November, and it’s scary to think he could come home and say, ‘My friends all identify as something else and that’s how I feel’ and have my son crying because he’s not put on hormone replacement therapy.”
On Instagram, St Clair wrote, “Enough is enough. We can’t keep crying about the Left canceling Dr Seuss, Paw Patrol, etc without coming up with long term solutions. I’m proud to be doing that with @bravebooks.us and debuting this series with a remedy to the sick gender propaganda being pushed on our kids. To many more! Can you guess our next authors?”
In 2019, the conservative organization Turning Point USA parted ways with St Clair after she was photographed at a dinner with White nationalist and anti-Semitic content creators. “TPUSA is a large national organization that touches hundreds of thousands of people all across the nation," a spokesperson said in a statement then. "Ashley is no longer one of our thousands of volunteer activists and ambassadors. Charlie [Kirk] and TPUSA have repeatedly and publicly denounced White nationalism as abhorrent and un-American and will continue to do so.”
"I did attend a diverse dinner I was invited to in which I got to give voice to some of the anger I’ve had in the past," she said at the time. "Some of the people pictured had been vicious to me online and I’m not above confronting people or forgiving people. I’m a strong Jewish woman and don’t need to be told where I can and cannot go.”
She also said, “I’m sick of guilt-by-association Twitter journalism that leaves out all context and meaning. The focus of the dinner was civility. I’m not accountable for anything anyone else posts online and I myself have been a victim of bigoted trolling. Attending a dinner for a civil conversation is not an endorsement for anybody’s views."
Among those pictured in the photo were anti-Semitic podcaster Nicholas Fuentes, right-wing commentator Jacob Wohland and Tim Gionet, who has reportedly used social media influence to promote extremists, including the Daily Stormer's Andrew Anglin.