Posts Tagged ‘ lgbtq ’

ACLU, ALA, & More Join CBLDF in Fight for First Amendment in Texas

July 19, 2019
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ACLU, ALA, & More Join CBLDF in Fight for First Amendment in Texas

Thursday letters arrived in Leander, Texas from local and national organization all clamoring for the city council to respect their commitment to the First Amendment. CBLDF was among the first to raise the alarm after an event with renowned comics author Lilah Sturges was abruptly canceled just two hours before the event, blaming new temporary policies,…

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CBLDF Stands Up for PRIDE in Ohio Libraries!

June 26, 2019
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CBLDF Stands Up for PRIDE in Ohio Libraries!

In response to recent attacks and efforts to suppress Pride events in Ohio libraries, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, National Coalition Against Censorship, PEN America, National Council for Teachers of English, and ACLU of Ohio have issued a statement condemning House Speaker Larry Householder’s letter pressuring the Ohio Library Council to cancel events.  The statement…

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Maine Library Successfully Defends Their Displays Again

June 17, 2019
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Maine Library Successfully Defends Their Displays Again

Rumford Public Library in Maine successfully defended itself and its displays again this year, after a local politician declared the librarians and the public displays were a way to politicize the library on the “town’s dime.” “I thought we had reconciled everything last year,” library director Tamara Butler said last week. “I thought it was…

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Comic Book Legal Defense Fund 2018: A Year in Review

December 31, 2018
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Comic Book Legal Defense Fund 2018: A Year in Review

Looking back at 2018, a year that was filled with challenges and victories, it’s easy to see that the front lines of free expression are still under attack all too frequently. Thanks to the generous support of members, readers, and followers,  Comic Book Legal Defense Fund was able to face the challenges head-on and fight…

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CBLDF LGBTQ Victories in 2018!

December 20, 2018
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CBLDF LGBTQ Victories in 2018!

This time of year it seems that everyone is asking readers to look deep in their hearts and wallets and consider making tax-deductible donations. It can become numbing to hear these pleas repetitively and not to hear about why these donations are crucial to protecting important freedoms in the year to come. So as a…

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MAINE: Speak Up To Protect LGBTQ+ Graphic Novels From Ban Today

September 17, 2018
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MAINE: Speak Up To Protect LGBTQ+ Graphic Novels From Ban Today

  CBLDF has learned of an attempt to ban several books, including the LGBTQ themed graphic novels My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness by Nagata Kabi and Queer: A Graphic History by Meg John-Barker and Julia Scheele from the Rumford Public Library in Maine. Locals supporting the books have expressed an urgent call to Maine residents in the Rumford area to…

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Queer Comics Struggles, History, and Emergence: an Interview with Justin Hall

May 21, 2018
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Queer Comics Struggles, History, and Emergence: an Interview with Justin Hall

Justin Hall, who brought together the elegant and poignant queer comics anthology, No Straight Lines has been working on a new documentary by the same name with Peabody Award-winning director, Vivian Kleinman. The documentary is set to follow several groundbreaking LBGTQ comic book creators who broke barriers and paved the way for queer comics today. Justin was…

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Utah Repeals Rules on ‘Advocacy of Homosexuality’ in Classrooms

May 8, 2017
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Utah Repeals Rules on ‘Advocacy of Homosexuality’ in Classrooms

Following action by the Utah legislature to repeal a statewide ban on “advocacy of homosexuality” in schools, the state’s Board of Education unanimously voted last week to also repeal its corresponding administrative policy. The ban notably led the Davis School District to restrict student access to the picture book In Our Mothers’ House in 2012…

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How the Comics Code Erased LGBTQ Characters from Mainstream Comics

May 5, 2017
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How the Comics Code Erased LGBTQ Characters from Mainstream Comics

Fredric Wertham’s attack on comics in the early 1950s is probably most remembered today for his concern about over-the-top horror and violence from the likes of EC. But there was another aspect that preoccupied Wertham just as much: the potential for comics to “stimulate children to homosexual fantasies, of the nature of which they may…

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One Million Moms Group Takes Aim at Highlights for Including LGBTQ Parents

December 23, 2016
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One Million Moms Group Takes Aim at Highlights for Including LGBTQ Parents

The advocacy group One Million Moms, which has previously made news with futile boycotts of Archie and the Lucifer TV series, has a new target for its ire: Highlights magazine, the waiting room mainstay aimed at kids from 6-12. This time the group is up in arms over Highlights’ recent announcement that it will include…

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