Judge Rules 'Don't Say Gay' Law Doesn't Cover Library Books | Censorship News

A settlement in the case against Florida's 'Don't Say Gay' law has clarified that library books cannot be removed under the law as long as they aren't part of the curriculum; queer publishers navigate book bans; Ohio district keeps two books on shelves; and more.

Settlement in Challenge to Florida’s 'Don’t Say Gay' Law Clarifies Scope of LGBTQIA+ Restrictions | ABC News
A settlement has been reached in the challenge against Florida’s Parental Rights in Education Act, HB1557, known by LGBTQIA+ advocates as the "Don’t Say Gay" bill. The settlement clarifies the scope of the legislation and states that library books with LGBTQIA+ themes may not be banned under the legislation so long as they are not being used for instruction.

Nebraska Book Ban Debate Gets Heated: 'The Time Has Come to Maybe Start Flipping Tables' | USA Today
The Nebraska State Board of Education pushed back calls for a ban on sexually explicit and pornographic book materials from all school libraries. Following a heated exchange in public testimony, including threats to flip tables, the 5-3 vote put an end to Aurora board member Kirk Penner’s third attempt to get the motion passed.

New Connecticut Bill Could Curtail Authority of Local School Boards to Ban Books | Vermont Public
State lawmakers are now considering a proposal that, if approved, would say that school boards would have to give a reason to block titles. But those reasons would be limited.

Ohio District School Board Narrowly Rejects Ban of Two Books | WYSO
The Mentor Public Schools Board of Education narrowly rejected two challenges to books during a public meeting after an hours-long meeting filled with lengthy debate between board members and impassioned comments from the public. The books being challenged were the nonfiction picture book Right Now!: Real Kids Speaking Up for Change and a young adult fantasy novel, Empire of Storms

How a Queer Publisher Is Navigating Book Bans: ‘Things Could Get Worse for Awhile’ | WBUR
Queer children’s book publisher and artist Maya Gonzalez is persisting to spread a message of LGBTQIA+ inclusion after surviving book bans and conservative attacks.

Tennessee District to Discuss Removing a Few LGBTQIA+ Books After Some Parents Say They Have Sexual Imagery | 10 News
Leaders at Knox County Schools said they would discuss restricting access to some LGBTQIA+ books from the shelves of school libraries during a KCS April meeting. Those books are Gender Queer: A Memoir and Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic.

Illinois District Policy Change Raises ‘Scary Thought’ About Possible Book Bans | Tri States Public Radio
The West Prairie Board of Education voted 6 to 1 to approve a state policy about library media programs, but only after striking some language, which included eliminating lines about complying with rules set by the Illinois State Board of Education and adhering to principles of the American Library Association.

Book Bans Worried This Tennessee Teen. So She Started a New Club to Fight Back | The Tennessean
Julia Garnett, a child of a Sumner County teacher, started the school’s new Student Advocates for Speech club.

Books on Black History, Immigration, LGBTQIA+ Community Found in Trash by Staten Island School, Sparking Investigation | Gothamist
Hundreds of new books featuring characters of color and LGBTQ+ themes were found by the trash at a Staten Island elementary school, outraging some parents and sparking an education department investigation. 

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