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Brooklyn’s library moves to slip books through red state bans

The Central Library branch of the Brooklyn Public Library system is visible in New York City on July 7, 2022. | Ted Shaffrey/AP Photo By Madina Touré 09/24/2022 05:00 AM EDT Link CopiedNEW YORK — The front line of America’s culture war now runs straight through the nation’s school libraries — with conservatives in dozens of states outlawing books and instruction and the left working to shield targeted authors.Far from the trenches in states like Florida and Texas, organizations indeep-blue New York are stepping into the fray by directly lending 25,000 books to non-residents since spring, including thousands of students living under the bans.
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Oklahoma School Book Ban Blocks Works From Eight Black Authors—Full List
"the lives of LGBTQIA+ persons and Black persons."In Texas, some students have formed book clubs specifically to read books that have been banned, with examples including Ashley Hope Pérez's Out of Darkness and Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale according to The Texas Tribune.PEN America defines a book as being banned if it has been removed from school libraries or classrooms, or banned from circulation, as a result of either complaints or laws passed by legislatures.Under this definition the following books by Black authors have been banned from an Oklahoma school district:Books from white authors which deal with race and racism, such as Harper Lee's classic To Kill a Mockingbird, are also included on the Oklahoma banned book list.Some of the works banned in Oklahoma deal with LBGTQ rights, with a particular focus on transgender issues.They include Jeff Garvin's Symptoms of Being Human, which deals with gender fluid adolescents coming of age, and George by Alex Gino, a novel focused on a transgender girl.Also on the PEN America banned list for Oklahoma schools were a number of modern classics, including Aldous Huxley's Brave New World and Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. In those cases, a specific reason was not given as to why the book had been subject to a ban.According to PEN America, 41 percent of book bans across the U.S.
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Oklahoma theatre under fire for ‘warning’ customers over same-sex kiss in Buzz Lightyear film
Buzz Lightyear movie.The 89er Theatre sparked controversy after stating that they would ‘fast-forward through’ the brief kissing scene in Toy Story spinoff Lightyear, posting a sign as a ‘warning’ to customers.They displayed a poster in their window – which has now been removed – following the film’s release, which has been overshadowed by criticism over the kiss between two female characters, one of which is named Hawthorne and voiced by Uzo Aduba.‘Warning’, their poster began in large letters, ‘Attention parents: The management of this theatre discovered after booking Lightyear that there is a same-sex kissing scene within the first 30 minutes of the Pixar movie,’ they continued.‘We will do all we can to fast-forward through that scene, but it might not be exact.’The theatre signed off by apologising for ‘any inconvenience’ the ‘late discovery of this scene causes.’Residents of Oklahoma were both shocked and disappointed to see the sign in the cinema’s window, with 42-year-old Patricia Kasbek, 42, saying she initially thought the sign was a joke.She posted a picture of it on social media in jest, but grew outraged upon learning that the sign was real.‘After calling the theatre, asking them to remove the warning, her call went to voicemail.‘I told them that it was completely insulting for them to censor a same-gender kiss when they’ve never done this to an opposite-gender kiss,’ she told NBC News.She added that she ‘never see a movie at this theatre while under this ownership,’ branding their behaviour ‘cruel’ and ‘bigoted.’According to NBC affiliate KFOR of Oklahoma City, the sign was gone by Monday afternoon after supposedly being put up over the weekend.Alex Wade, deputy director of LGBTQ+ advocacy organisation
Oklahoma is a state in the South Central region of the United States, bordered by the state of Texas on the south and west, Kansas on the north, Missouri on the northeast, Arkansas on the east, New Mexico on the west, and Colorado on the northwest. It is the 20th-most extensive and the 28th-most populous of the 50 United States. Its residents are known as Oklahomans, and its capital and largest city is Oklahoma City.
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