“This Book Is Gay” at center of dispute in Wasilla, AK

By John Mack Freeman Wasilla, Alaska’s city officials heard public comment on Monday, November 25th regarding a complaint that the Wasilla Public Library had James Dawson’s This Book Is Gay included in their juvenile nonfiction section. The complaint was brought forward after an area resident found her son reading the book. Via Alaska Public Media: This Book […]

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School bans “I Am Jazz” after pressure from hate group

By John Mack Freeman The Mount Horeb Area School District in Wisconsin has banned readings from I Am Jazz after they were threatened with a lawsuit by the Liberty Counsel. Via PinkNews: The Mount Horeb Area School District had sent a letter to parents of students at the school announcing its plans to read the […]

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Venice moves to ban “And Tango Makes Three,” gay parenting books

By John Mack Freeman The city of Venice, Italy has moved to ban books related to single-sex partnerships and gay adoption as part of a move to the right by the city’s new conservative mayor, Luigi Brugnaro. Via the Telegraph: “We don’t want to discriminate against anyone and at home parents can call themselves daddy […]

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Two books on 2015 most challenged list there for “homosexuality”

By John Mack Freeman Despite the rapid and widespread growth of support for LGBT causes in America, two books on ALA’s Office of Intellectual Freedom’s most frequently challenged books list are there (at least in part) due to homosexual content. Both are books that are perennially challenged and on the list: And Tango Makes Three (#3) […]

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Post your library’s Banned Books Week events!

Via ALA CHICAGO — The Executive Committee of Banned Books Week invites organizations and individuals, such as libraries, authors, publishers, bookstores and schools, to share how they are celebrating 2014’s Banned Books Week.  This year’s Banned Books Week, which is taking place from Sept. 21-27, will shine a light on comics and graphic novels. The […]

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Levithan Book Considered for Withdrawal

A parent’s request to withdraw David Levithan’s Two Boys Kissing from the high schools’ libraries in Fauquier County Public Schools (VA) has resulted in a public hearing about the book on April 23. The book will stay in the library until that date; the parents is appealing to the superintendent. The book is about Harry […]

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Current Issues for the GLBTRT: Censorship, Challenges, and Banned Books

The GLBT Round Table will feature a discussion of book challenges, censorship and banned books as part of its ALA Midwinter Conference schedule. The event is scheduled for Saturday, January 26 from 10:30 to 11:30 at the The Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 411 University Street, Seattle, WA. The session will feature Angela Maycock, Assistant Director of the […]

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Beautiful Response to Book Banning: Revolutionary Readings

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 […]

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American Libraries ‘Year in Review 2010’ article notes GLBTRT’s Speaking OUT Against Bullying List in a Censorship Context

Tenth on American Libraries’ Year in Review 2010 list is Censorship. Our Speaking OUT Against Bullying Resource is discussed in the context of book banning campaigns.   One book banning, we noted on our Twitter/Facebook page was in Burlington County, New Jersey.  One resident succeeded in getting Revolutionary Voices: A Multicultural Queer Youth Anthology pulled from both the […]

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