American Libraries “Year in Review 2010,” which noted GLBTRT’s Speaking OUT Against Bullying List, also described a successful book ban in Burlington County (NJ). One resident succeeded in getting Revolutionary Voices: A Multicultural Queer Youth Anthology pulled from both the Rancocas Valley Regional High School library and the Burlington County Library System.
Awesome Montclair State University students and alumniÂ protested this ban by using pieces from the book to perform theatrical readings, called Revolutionary Readings,Â around New Jersey and New York City during the fall of 2010.Â They have promised more performances in May 2011. Follow the group on their website, Facebook page andÂ Twitter feed.
There areÂ videosÂ of some performances on YouTube. Â More are noted in their Twitter feed.
- Video of Burlington County Footlighters performance
- Bluestockings Books show featuring Victoria Fear
Our hats are off to Revolutionary Voices. Â Keep up the good work and we’ll do our best to spread the word.
ControversyÂ aroundÂ Revolutionary Voices: A Multicultural Queer Youth Anthology is noted on itsÂ Wikipedia page. Â If you hear of more controversoy about the book, add to the Wikipedia page.
There’s plenty of resources about banned books on the Net but here’s a few:
- Wikipedia List of books banned by governments
- American Library Association’s Banned Books Week
- American Library Association’s Frequently Banned Books list
- American Library Association’sÂ ResourcesÂ on Book BansÂ (note the sub-menu items: EssentialÂ Preparation;Â ChallengeÂ Support; Reporting aÂ Challenge;)
GLBTRT Members — Want to dream up a project the round table can do for Banned Books Week in the Fall of 2011? Â Put your thinking caps on. Â Maybe we can do a bibliography of books that have been banned because of LGBTQ content? Â Focus on U.S. bans or make it aÂ globalÂ list? Â Any ideas are welcome. Â Chat with us on ourÂ membership’sÂ email list or post comments here.