This Children's Book About A Gay Rabbit Finding Love Raises Money For LGBTQ Organizations

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What do a children's book about a gay rabbit, John Oliver's Last Week Tonight, and Vice President Mike Pence have in common? A lot more than you might think, actually.


On the March 18 episode of the HBO talk show, Oliver took some time to point out some of Pence's socially conservative stances — specifically those that relate to the LGBTQ community. These positions include opposing non-straight representation in the military, opposing same-sex marriage, and not doing enough to help those with HIV just to name a few issues concerning LGBTQ rights.

It's not all bad, though. Oliver points out that he kinda likes the Pence family's bunny, Marlon Bundo — who is the furry author of the book Marlon Bundo's Day in the Life of the Vice President. For the record: Pence's daughter and wife are actually responsible for the book, with the former writing it and the latter illustrating it.

To usurp this book's success — and to give back — Oliver announced A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo, which it turns out was released before the one from the Pences. All proceeds from the sale of this book — which was written by Last Week Tonight writer Jill Twiss and illustrated by EG Keller — go to The Trevor Project, a national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention to LGBTQ youth, and AIDS United, an organization whose mission is to end the U.S.' AIDS epidemic.

"Now, there are a few small differences between the two books," Oliver said. "You'll notice right away that our rabbit has a bow tie, so there's that. Also, our story is about Marlon Bundo falling in love with another boy rabbit, because our Marlon Bundo is gay — just like the real Marlon Bundo."

While it's already a win that this book actually exists — and is No. 1 on the Amazon best-sellers list, beating out the Pence's very own book — it gets even better given the fact that there's an audiobook. This recording features the voices of Jim Parsons as Marlon Bundo, along with guests Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jeff Garlin, Ellie Kemper, John Lithgow, Jack McBrayer, and RuPaul.

"Those are two great reasons to buy this book," Oliver said, pointing out the book's subject matter and the organizations it benefits. "Another is that selling more books than Pence will probably really piss him off."

Watch the full segment here:

More info about A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo can be found here.

(H/T: Entertainment Weekly)


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