Transgender Book Put Behind Counter D117

Transgender Book Put Behind Counter D117

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What happened?

On March 9th, the book Gender Queer was put behind the desk of Lakes Community High School's library, due to parents at a school board meeting complaining about how their children shouldn't have access to the book. Students now have to ask the librarian to read the book, which begs the question, how does this make students feel? 

Currently, this book is the only book behind the Lakes library desk. This creates many feelings for students that they are not accepted for being transgender. The author of Gender Queer, Maia Kobabe, is asexual, giving students the impression that they are not valid for identifying as asexual or nonbinary. In the book, the author talks about their personal experience of coming out as gay. The book has been well received in the press and has won many awards, such as the Stonewall award in 2020. 

Gender Queer has been challenged by school libraries in 11 states, including multiple complaints from parents across the world because of its "gay agenda." School boards considering banning a book because of a "gay agenda" is something students have found homophobic. This book came out in 2019, making it very strange that parents are now trying to ban it in school libraries. 

Jeneta N, a high school junior in Texas, whose school recently banned dozens of LGBTQIA+ books, says, "It scares me that the school is putting their political agenda above students' needs." Jeneta isn't the only one concerned with the well-being of LGBTQ+ students, since banning books with gay or trans characters helps more people feel seen.

While these are mainly students' concerns, many conservative parents think that books similar to Gender Queer, that have diversity and include non-straight characters, are an attack. These people can choose not to pick up books such as Gender Queer, but by making it harder to have access, fewer people will have the right to choose the books they want.  

Gender Queer is a powerful book that needs to be put back on the shelf to teach teenagers that being transgender is valid. Lakes School needs to let students have freedom about what they read, and not what their parents want them to read. Parents may have a problem with their child reading a certain book, but that is an issue between them and their child, not with the school. Others may still want to read this book, the school has a diversity of students, and should therefore have a diversity of literature. 

By keeping Gender Queer behind the counter, many teenagers will not have education about what it means to be nonbinary and asexual. Teenagers who are questioning their gender identity or sexual orientation will not be able to read this book, even though it could help their mindset. People have said there is a  "second adolescence" of teenagers leading into their adulthood because of the lack of books being banned about being trans.

One high school sophomore said that the idea of banning school library books is an issue of "parental control" more than the actual idea of saving teenagers' "innocence." This is a large problem in our community. Society is moving back in time, rather than moving forward.

I am asking everyone to please sign and share this petition. We need to keep this book on the shelf.

Thank you,

Lia Neveu (edited by Addy Fray)

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