Residents resist censorship of LGBTQ books in Douglas County libraries

Colorado Newsline: Some of the more than 60 residents at a Douglas County libraries meeting Wednesday called certain LGBTQ books in local libraries obscene and pornographic and demanded that they be removed from public view. It was the second meeting in a row where they made such a demand.

But this sentiment was challenged almost 2-to-1 by other residents at the meeting who said removal of the material was akin to book-banning and that the issues being raised were not concerned with protecting children but rather avoiding sexualities and gender expression.

Almost all the books in question, including “Let’s Talk About It” by Erika Moen and Matthew Nolan, “This Book is Gay” by Juno Dawson, and “Gender Queer” by Maia Kobabe, are located in the adult section of the libraries — the exact compromise suggested by multiple speakers to keep the books away from children.

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