GLAAD Joins The Fight Against LGBTQ Book Bans

In an official statement, GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said, 'Every LGBTQ young person needs to see themselves in stories about their lives, to let them know they belong just as they are.'

12/8/2021 7:15:00 PM

In an official statement, GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said, 'Every LGBTQ young person needs to see themselves in stories about their lives, to let them know they belong just as they are.'

George M. Johnson’s 'All Boys Aren’t Blue,' a coming-of-age essay collection about growing up Black and queer in New Jersey, was removed from schools in multiple states in November. GLAAD has since joined the National Coalition Against Censorship in the fight against efforts to ban LGBTQ-inclusive books and books about race and racism from schools.

from schools. The statement — which has support from writers, educators, artists, racial and social justice advocates, booksellers and publishers — was created by the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC). It is the first national, collective response to the recent onslaught of attempted book bans in at least 12 states.

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Advertisement"The current attacks on books in schools are a coordinated political strategy that threaten America's students and disregard their right to read and learn," NCAC said in an official statement."Not all library books will appeal to all students, but all students must be allowed to access books that inspire, inform and connect with them. No one person's or group's personal viewpoint can be allowed to determine what all students are permitted to read."

“Every LGBTQ young person needs to see themselves in stories about their lives, to let them know they belong just as they are," GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said."Every American needs stories about LGBTQ people, Black people, queer people of color and all marginalized groups to help us better understand each other's experiences. Books nurture more compassionate human beings and a more successful society, where all are welcome to participate. School boards and libraries must follow established protocol to ensure access to these books, and to represent and serve LGBTQ youth. All leaders must speak up against hostile rhetoric and behavior targeting vulnerable young people and books about their lives, and prioritize protecting children and safe spaces for all to learn.” headtopics.com

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