Austin School District Bans Play About Inclusive Penguin Families

The Austin Independent School District (AISD) has canceled a play about two male penguins raising a chick together, adapted from the true story portrayed in the children’s book And Tango Makes Three. The district’s fine arts director claimed the subject matter is not appropriate to be discussed in schools and should be left up to parents/guardians. The playwright, a grad student at the University of Texas, points out that the kid-friendly play is about all kinds of different families. She is continuing to petition the district to allow the production. The Williams Institute’s census analysis found that Travis County had the highest proportion of same-sex couples living in any Texas county, 12 percent of which are raising children who would likely attend AISD.