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Happy Banned Book Week! Schools are increasingly looking for LGBTQ books.

The majority of books banned from US schools in the past year featured LGBTQ+ characters or characters of color, or both. And half of voters oppose all those bans on schools and public libraries. Both findings come from two reports released Monday, which marked the start of Banned Books Week.

PEN America, which tracks threats to free expression facing perpetrators, has identified 1,648 unique books that were banned in 138 school districts in 32 states between July 2021 and June 2022. Of these, 41 percent had “prominent LGBTQ+ themes, protagonists, or supporting characters,” and 40 percent included “prominent protagonists or prominent supporting characters of color”. ”, and PEN noted that “many titles contain more than one type of content”. They found that fiction and young adult books are more likely to be banned, even though picture books account for nearly 20 percent of banned books. In total, the works of more than 1,200 authors were banned, affecting almost four million students.


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