Some of the most frequently banned books feature LGBTQ stories, library association says

Some school libraries ban books because characters use witchcraft. Others do because of profanity or sexual content, or because of uncomfortable themes like racism.

But a great deal of the most frequently challenged books of the last decade center around LGBTQ characters and themes, an analysis from the American Library Association revealed.
In honor of Banned Books Week the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom published lists of the top 10 most challenged books of 2019 そしてその top 100 most frequently banned books of the decade.
Lists from years past show that censorship of LGBTQ stories is a recent trend.
    On the top 10 most challenged books of 2019 rankings, eight were challenged because of LGBTQ content. Several of them centered on transgender characters, like “ジョージ,” about a fourth-grade trans girl, そして “I Am Jazz,” a picture book about real-life activist Jazz Jennings, who transitioned at a young age.
    Others range from classics likeThe Color Purple,” which features a lesbian relationship, to contemporary comics aimed at grade schoolers likeSex is a Funny Word.
    Other frequently challenged books focused on Black characters, 含む “The Hate U Giveby Angie Thomas, which centers on police shootings and racism, そして Toni Morrison’sThe Bluest Eye そして “Beloved.
    "Uncle Bobby's Wedding," a picture book designed to teach young children about same-sex relationships, ended up on the top 100 most frequently banned book list.

    Deborah Caldwell-Stone, director of the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, told CNN that her office has seen agrowing trendof censoring books that prominently feature LGBTQ characters.
    There are members of every community that need and wanted these resources, that want to find themselves reflected in their library’s collections and programs,” 彼女は言いました. “This allows them to understand themselves in the world and affirm their identity.

    The dangers of censoring LGBTQ stories

    Henry Cody Miller, an assistant professor of English at the College of Brockport, State University of New York, wrote about the high number of LGBTQ books for Teaching Tolerance Magazine in 2019. Omitting narratives from schools can perpetuate harm, 彼は言った.
    Framing a book that features LGBTQ characters as ‘controversialplaces the onus of conflict on LGBTQ people,” 彼が書きました. “There is nothing controversial or problematic about being a member of the LGBTQ community.
    Books about diverse experiences are beneficial for every reader, Caldwell-Stone said.
    Books, novels, true stories and memoirs are ways of developing empathy for other people and their lives,” 彼女は言いました. “If we take that away from young people, we’re really depriving them of opportunities to develop as individuals, to understand the world.
    The number of frequently challenged LGBTQ books, でも, also signals that books with these themes and characters are being published more frequently and read more widely.
      But if a book is censored by school officials, it’s almost impossible for a librarian or teacher to get that book into a student’s hands, Caldwell-Stone said. That’s why Banned Books Week focuses on advocacy, あまりにも, and features talks with authors on access to literature.
      Caldwell-Stone said it’s necessary to champion the inclusion of diverse books in collections, even if those books don’t align with one’s personal views, “so that everyone can find what they need in the library.

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