Banning LGBTQ Books Isn’t Just Stupid and Ineffective

Source: Common Dreams
by Robin Savannah Carver

“Across the country, an ongoing education controversy has erupted around queerness. Conservatives and fascists have baselessly accused queer people of pedophilia, obscenity, and pornography for more than a century. Republicans in Florida and other states have moved to eliminate any mention of queer people from public schools. Drag queen storytimes have been embraced by libraries but opposed by conservatives, with some deploying vicious slogans like ‘kill your local pedophile.’ It’s horrific but unsurprising in a country where more than a third of adults now say they support banning books with stories about transgender youth. School districts across the country are doing just that, with right-wing activists even shutting down libraries to do the same. If you’re feeling deja vu, you’re not alone. Conservatives and fascists have baselessly accused queer people of pedophilia, obscenity, and pornography for more than a century.” (09/08/22)

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2022/09/08/banning-lgbtq-books-isnt-just-stupid-and-ineffective-its-cruel-beyond-measure