While Florida recently passed a “Don’t Say Gay” law banning LGBTQ issues in the classroom, at least 15 other states are considering similar laws.
Even worse, bans on LGBTQ books are “escalating dramatically” across the nation as conservative school officials and so-called parents’ rights groups pull them from classrooms and school libraries.Five of the most commonly challenged books feature LGBTQ content.
Here’s what’s in them and what their authors have said about being targeted for censorship.Kobabe’s deeply honest graphic novel covers their experience of discovering and accepting that they are both non-binary and asexual.
However, the book also doubles as an instructive guide for those exploring their identities. In it, Kobabe discusses their journey toward a less-gendered world where they felt freer from social gender expectations and more confident about expressing their gender identity.“By high school, I had met multiple out gay, lesbian and bisexual people, but I didn’t meet an out trans or nonbinary person until I was in grad school,” Kobabe wrote in The Washington Post. “The only place I had access to information and stories about transgender people was in media — mainly, in books.”In his “memoir-manifesto”, Johnson writes personal essays about his experiences growing up Black and queer in the south.