A Texas federal judge has ordered public libraries in Llano County to return an array of previously banned LGBTQ+ books. Back in April 2022, seven residents filed a lawsuit against county officials after they forced libraries to either remove or restrict various books with queer and racial themes.
Some of the titles removed included Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson, Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen by Jazz Jennings, and They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group by Susan Campbell Bartoletti.
In the suit, the individuals accused the public officials – who claimed that the inclusive books were “inappropriate” – of violating their 1st and 14th amendment rights. “Public libraries are not places of government indoctrination.
They were not places where the people in power can dictate what their citizens are permitted to read about and learn,” they said.