Konrad Juengling

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Konrad Anders Juengling

Born1987 (age 31–32)[1]
Salem, Oregon, United States
ResidenceBoise, Idaho, United States
NationalityAmerican
CitizenshipUnited States
EducationNorth Salem High School
Alma materPortland State University (BS)
Boise State University (MSW)
OccupationGay rights activist
Political partyDemocrat
Spouse(s)Robert Juengling (2016–present)
RelativesDietrich Juengling (uncle)

Konrad Anders Juengling (born 1987) is a German-American gay rights activist and writer. The Huffington Post characterized Juengling's work as "tech savvy queer activism."[2] His activism "focuses on equal rights for LGBT people, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, repealing the blood ban for gay men, non-discrimination ordinances, ethical consumerism, and supporting liberal politicians."[3]

He is a former contributing writer for PQ Monthly and GeeksOUT. He is the author of Jeb's ABCs, a satirical children's book based on Jeb Bush and Bush's stance on political issues.

Early life and education[edit]

Konrad Anders Juengling was born in 1987 in Salem, Oregon, to Dr. Fritz Juengling and Holly Juengling.[4] He was raised a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, of which his family are still members. His father heads the Scandinavian department at the church's Family History Center in Salt Lake City and his mother is an accountant.[4] Juengling is the nephew of lighting director Dietrich Juengling.[5] The LGBT publication Gay PV characterized the Juengling family as "involved in the arts".[5] He is a collateral descendant of United States President Abraham Lincoln through Lincoln's great-grandfather John Lincoln.[6]

In February 2005, Juengling earned his Eagle Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America; his project was removing graffiti from public parks and fences in Four Corners, Oregon.[7] Juengling attended North Salem High School, from which he graduated in 2005.[8] While at North, he was a reporter for the student newspaper The Clarion.[3] After graduating high school, Juengling attended university at Portland State University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in psychology.[4] He moved to Boise to attend Boise State University to earn a Master's in Social Work, graduating in 2017.[9] At Boise State, Juengling was the recipient of the Chinn LGBT Scholarship from the American Atheists.[10]

Activism[edit]

In 2013, Juengling advocated against watching the movie Ender's Game, citing Orson Scott Card's views on homosexuality and encouraging people to practice the economic ideology of "queer ethical consumerism".[11] Opinion-editorials written by Juengling "helped to raise GeeksOUT’s profile after their ‘Skip Ender's Game’ campaign."[5]

On a radio show Out in the Vineyard in 2015, Juengling responded to comments made by Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association when Fischer compared businesses being required to serve LGBTQ people with slavery, in that they both had to perform labour against their will. Juengling stated, "It is laughable. I absolutely believe in someone being able to practice their religious rights. That is built into our constitution, and pretty much what this country was founded on. However, religious rights should not equal discrimination. Those rights stop when you are infringing upon someone else's. So I take religious rights to mean you can attend whatever church you want, you can worship however you want to in your home, you can believe whatever you want to, because there isn't a thought police, and you have the right to believe whatever you want. But if you are denying services to someone, it is no longer just about you. It's about discriminating against someone else at that point."[12]

Juengling has stated that people should not donate to the Salvation Army based on their policies relating to homosexuals. In an op-ed for PQ Monthly, he stated "inequality is built into the very structure of the Salvation Army... the homophobia is literally written into its handbook."[13]

Politics[edit]

Indiana State House representatives[edit]

In March 2015, Indiana passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The act was seen by some as discriminatory against LGBT and other minorities. In response, Juengling purchased the domain names of six Republican Indiana State House representatives and linked them to the Human Rights Campaign's Youth Statistics page. He stated the information on the site would educate the lawmakers about a population that "is already disadvantaged and have less accesses to family, community supports, and healthcare."[14] The domain names he purchased were for representatives Dale Devon, Don Lehe, Donna Schaibley, Douglas Gutwein, Kathy Kreag Richardson, and Martin Carbaugh.[15][16][17] In an open letter to Indiana state representatives, Juengling offered to give them the domains in exchange for passing a non-discrimination policy.[18] Juengling's efforts were supported by LGBT magazine The Advocate,[19] Towleroad,[20] and other media.[21] The Huffington Post awarded Juengling with their "Unicorn of the Week" award for his efforts in combating the Indiana bill and "doing something positive for the LGBTQ community".[22][2]

As a response to Juengling's domain names purchase, writer Brian Anderson referred to him as an extortionist who "is holding [the domains] hostage until they bow to his will."[23] Criticism also come from within the gay community, including Pink News, who stated "We could not possibly condone such a petty move."[18]

2016 presidential election[edit]

Juengling endorsed Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination for the United States 2016 presidential election.[24]

In response to Ted Cruz announcing his presidential bid, Juengling stated, "Despite having an abysmal attendance record on the Armed Services Committee, not recognizing our impact on climate change, and his insistence gays are waging a 'jihad' against Christians, Cruz believes he is the right man to lead the most powerful country in the free world... The reality of the situation is that a presidency under Cruz is a far fetched idea."[24] Juengling also created an Amazon wish list with gay items to be sent to Cruz's office as a form of protesting his candidacy.[24][25]

Following calling Cruz's chance at becoming the president a "far fetched idea", Juengling took also aim at Rick Perry. In an op-ed, Juengling brought up Perry not wanting federal oversight of the education system, not remembering the name of the third major agency he wanted to shut down during his 2012 presidential bid, and his federal indictment for abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant.[26]

After criticizing Cruz and Perry, Juengling wrote a book about Jeb Bush called Jeb's ABCs, a satirical children's book that called attention to Bush's political stands.[27] The Huffington Post wrote the book "is actually genius."[28] In an interview with the Huffington Post Juengling stated, "I would like people to take away the realization that Jeb is a poor candidate and poor politician. He is unable to connect to minority voters, holds discriminatory views and believes homosexual people are “sodomites.” I would like people to research into the quotes and policies covered in the book and see there's actually a lot more information out there."[28] The National Memo stated Jeb's ABCs "is a critically-lauded take-down of Jeb Bush's poor record on LGBTQ rights. ... though the nomination of Donald Trump wasn't much consolation."[29]

2018 Idaho gubernatorial election[edit]

In the 2018 Idaho gubernatorial election, Juengling endorsed Democrat Paulette Jordan over Republican Brad Little, citing Jordan's stance on LGBTQ rights, marriage equality, Medicaid expansion, clean energy, and abortion rights for women. The National Memo called Juengling's endorsement "a major LGBTQ endorsement."[29][30] In an interview with Gay Star News, Juengling stated he disagrees with Jordan on gun rights, stating he is "firmly in the gun control camp. I think Americans have an unhealthy fascination and obsession with firearms."[25]

2019 Trump wall dispute[edit]

In 2019, President Donald Trump declared a National Emergency Concerning the Southern Border of the United States. Juengling does not believe the border wall should be a national emergency, instead believing global warming to be one. He stated, "...the United States is actively contributing to the problem rather than being the leader it could be. Global warming affects the entire planet and has already had permanent consequences on this earth... We have the opportunity to mitigate some of the damage currently happening and shift the focus to being responsible stewards of this planet rather than plundering it for shareholders."[31] He does not consider Trump to be a "responsible, forward-thinking president concerned with the longevity of this planet’s diversity."[31]

2020 presidential election[edit]

In an interview with Gay Boy Bible, Juengling said, "For 2020, I'd like to see a presidential bid by Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, or Cory Booker, and that's something that I want to support publicly and help people to get behind."[3]

Writing[edit]

While attending Portland State University, Juengling was a paid columnist for the student newspaper the Daily Vanguard. His column, titled "Just a Phase", ran during late 2013.[3] From 2013 to 2015, Juengling was a contributing writer for PQ Monthly, which is based out of Portland, Oregon.[32]

After writing an op-ed picked up by GeeksOUT, Juengling then joined the GeeksOUT team, writing posts about queer-related media for their site from September 2014 to April 2016.[33] From December 2015 until the magazine closed in May 2016, Juengling wrote for OutBoise Magazine, a queer magazine based in Boise, Idaho.[34]

In April 2016, Juengling joined Emily Allen, Timothy "Tim" Jensen, Christy Schroeder, and Jenna Wiskus to write Boise Weekly to criticize Idaho's Bill 1321, which would allow the Bible to be used in public schools as instruction material. They stated Bill 1321 "blurs the lines between the separation of Church and State in Idaho Public Schools" and that it was "an alarming bill for several reasons".[35]

In June 2017, Juengling wrote an op-ed for the Times-News, titled "Idaho Needs Mandatory Sex Education", in which he argued, "Comprehensive sex education should also include LGBT health and topics as well. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth deserve to have information regarding their sexuality and health just like heterosexual and cisgender students."[36] The piece was also published in the Post Register under the headline "Mandatory sex ed in Idaho."[37]

In September 2018, Juengling wrote a letter to the editor of the Idaho Press-Tribune about former Idaho Senator Marv Hagedorn making fun of sexual assault victims on his Twitter account earlier that week. The letter was titled "Making fun of sexual assault victims isn't funny."[38] A day later, he wrote another letter to the editor of the Meridian Press criticizing Meridian's mayor for abstaining from a potential tie-breaking vote when the city council voted on a non-discrimination ordinance for gender identity and sexual orientation.[39]

Juengling has also written op-eds on LGBT topics for the Q Center in Portland; The Washington Blade; GayRVA;[5] QSaltLake and Purple Unions.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Juengling initially met his husband Robert on the gay social networking app Grindr.[4] The two became engaged in 2015 at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.[4][40] They married at Silver Falls State Park on August 20, 2016, where they were the first same-sex couple married at the lodge.[25]

Juengling ran a book club for gay men called Pivotal Reads when living in Portland.[41]

An amateur genealogist, Juengling is a member of several genealogically focused groups. Among them are: Bloodlines of Salem, a lineage association for those related to people killed as witches during the Salem Witch Trials;[1] the Dutch Colonial Society, a society for those who are a "direct descent from a Dutch settler born in the Netherlands, and, who immigrated, no later than 19 April 1775, to any settlement in what is now the United States";[42] and the Presidential Families of America, a lineage association for those related to United States Presidents and First Ladies.[6]

Juengling is a supporter of Million Dollar Vegan, a charity campaign launched in February 2019 to get Pope Francis to go vegan for Lent.[43]

Juengling identifies as an atheist, feminist, liberal, and "sometimes vegan".[25]

Bibliography[edit]

Books[edit]

  • Juengling, Konrad Jeb's ABCs (2015) ISBN 978-1519404565

Columns[edit]

Regular contributor[edit]

  • --- Geeks OUT (September 2014 - April 2016)
  • --- OutBoise Magazine (December 2015 - May 2016)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Notable Descendants and Relatives". Bloodlines of Salem. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Konrad Juengling (@PDX_er) is our #UnicornOfTheWeek!". Twitter. April 24, 2015. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Konrad Juengling Is Out Fighting For LGBTQ+ Rights In the US". Gay Boy Bible. October 25, 2018. Retrieved 25 October 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d e Drake, Aaron (18 February 2015). "Is This the First Time Grindr Led to Nuptials?". The Advocate. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d "Konrad and Robert Engagement". Gay PV. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
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  24. ^ a b c Alberts, Thomas (26 May 2015). "EXCLUSIVE: A Very Gay Amazon Gift Registry Created For The Very Anti-Gay Ted Cruz". The New Civil Rights Movement. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  25. ^ a b c d Gunz, Rafaella (October 20, 2018). "Meet Konrad Juengling: the pro-LGBTI activist who is now 'coming out' as Atheist". Gay Star News. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  26. ^ Juengling, Konrad (Jun 22, 2015). "A Plea To The Left: Give Rick Perry A Chance". PQ Monthly. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  27. ^ Slowe, Desmond (January 2016). "Learning By Errors" (14). OutBoise. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  28. ^ a b Nichols, James Michael (6 December 2015). "This Children's ABC Book Perfectly Skewers Jeb Bush". Huffington Post. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  29. ^ a b Boyer, Kurt (June 12, 2018). "Paulette Jordan's Bid To Be First Native American Governor Gets Major LGBTQ Endorsement". The National Memo. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  30. ^ Smith, Andrew (May 19, 2018). "Abraham Lincoln Relative Konrad Juengling Endorses Idaho's Paulette Jordan for Governor". Out Buzz. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  31. ^ a b Jones, Ja’han; Finley, Taryn; Alters, Kimberly (February 21, 2019). "5 Legitimate National Emergencies, According To Real Americans". Huffington Post. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
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  34. ^ "The Writers" (19). OutBoise Magazine. May 2016. p. 21. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  35. ^ Allen, Emily; Jensen, Timothy; Juengling, Konrad; Christy, Schroeder; Wiskus, Jenna (5 April 2016). "Who's Paying For That?" (42). Boise Weekly. p. 4. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  36. ^ Juengling, Konrad (25 June 2017). "Reader Comment: Idaho needs mandatory sex education". Times News. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  37. ^ Juengling, Konrad (June 17, 2017). "Guest column: Mandatory sex ed in Idaho". Post Register. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  38. ^ Juengling, Konrad (October 2, 2018). "Making Fun of Sexual Assault Survivors Isn't Funny". Idaho Press. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  39. ^ Juengling, Konrad (October 3, 2018). "Letter to the editor: Meridian Non-discrimination Ordinance". Idaho Press. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  40. ^ Ollison, Angela (2014). "Mass Ascension Final Saturday". KRQE. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  41. ^ "News from across the pond". Gscene. 2 February 2015. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
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  43. ^ "Supporters". Million Dollar Vegan. Retrieved 27 February 2019.