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Tennessee High School Removes Student’s Rainbow Artwork from Classroom Display

May 2, 2017
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Tennessee High School Removes Student’s Rainbow Artwork from Classroom Display

Administrators at a Tennessee high school recently ordered the removal of a student’s LGBTQ-themed artwork from a classroom display case after other students complained about it. Principal Bobby Wines of Volunteer High School in Church Hill cited the complaints as proof that the rainbow-colored pastel drawing could not be allowed to remain because it “disrupted…

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Round Rock Schools Issue Statement on Author Disinvitation

June 14, 2016
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Round Rock Schools Issue Statement on Author Disinvitation

The school district in Round Rock, Texas has issued an evasive response to author Phil Bildner’s allegation that his disinvitation from eight schools he had been slated to visit there this fall was due to his previous recommendation that students read the novel George by Alex Gino, which features a transgender protagonist. In a statement…

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Lesbian Flirtation Edited Out of Steven Universe in Sweden

June 13, 2016
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Lesbian Flirtation Edited Out of Steven Universe in Sweden

Over 1,300 Swedish fans of the Cartoon Network show Steven Universe have signed a petition objecting to dialogue changes in the Swedish-language version of a recent episode that effaced a same-sex flirtation between the characters Ruby and Sapphire. The network acknowledges the changes, but says they were necessary to comply with unspecified Swedish content ratings. In…

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LGBT Comics Publisher Protests Apple Censorship

June 8, 2016
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LGBT Comics Publisher Protests Apple Censorship

Zan Christensen, the founder of LGBT comics publisher Northwest Press, is no stranger to corporate censorship of the books he submits to digital publishing platforms. But after Apple’s iBookstore rejected all three of Northwest’s most recent offerings due “prohibited explicit or objectionable content,” Christensen got creative and resubmitted one of them with custom apple-themed censor…

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Texas School District Cancels Author’s Visit After Transgender Book Recommendation

June 8, 2016
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Texas School District Cancels Author’s Visit After Transgender Book Recommendation

The Round Rock Independent School District in Texas has uninvited author Phil Bildner from all eight schools he was scheduled to visit there this fall, apparently because he recommended a book featuring a transgender protagonist when he visited the district last year. Bildner is well-known by teachers and librarians around the country for his dynamic…

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The Advocate Lists 21 LGBT Picture Books Every Child Should Read

February 5, 2016
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The Advocate Lists 21 LGBT Picture Books Every Child Should Read

From schools and libraries in the United States to the countries of Italy and Singapore, LGBT children’s books are a frequent target of challenges and bans. The Advocate has pulled together a list of LGBT picture books that every child should read, including those that stirred controversy in some communities. Let’s take a look at a few…

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Wasilla Library Challenge Highlights Importance of Age-Appropriate Shelving

December 11, 2015
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Wasilla Library Challenge Highlights Importance of Age-Appropriate Shelving

Back in September, a 10-year-old boy in Wasilla, Alaska pulled a young adult book called This Book is Gay off a shelf in the juvenile nonfiction section of the local public library. His mother, believing the book “too sexually explicit to have in the younger section,” filed a challenge asking for it to be relocated.…

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Public Libraries Are for Everyone: A Response to the Illinois Family Institute

September 15, 2014
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Public Libraries Are for Everyone: A Response to the Illinois Family Institute

Laurie Higgins of the Illinois Family Institute thinks that librarians who celebrate Banned Books Week are hypocrites. In an article on the organization’s website last week, she argued that the real banned books are not the oft-targeted ones like And Tango Makes Three which depict same-sex parents or other LGBT characters. Rather, she says that…

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The Sims Prove That LGBT Characters Are Family-Friendly

June 25, 2014
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The Sims Prove That LGBT Characters Are Family-Friendly

For a long time, the common wisdom among publishers, movie studios, and other gatekeepers of content has held that LGBT characters are verboten in mainstream all-ages material. LGBT content is a frequent target of censors, and as we saw in a recent column by comic artist Kate Leth, the justification offered for self-censorship of LGBT…

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Why Is LGBT Romance “Too Adult” For All-Ages Comics?

May 29, 2014
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Why Is LGBT Romance “Too Adult” For All-Ages Comics?

There is a common refrain that we often hear when children’s books with age-appropriate LGBT themes are challenged in schools and libraries. While there are still plenty of detractors, who bluntly declare same-sex relationships to be “unnatural,” these days there seem to be a lot more people who believe they’ve found a middle ground. They…

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