List of proposed anti-gay book bans in the United States

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Proposed bans of lesbian or gay-themed books in the United States.

2005[edit]

Alabama[edit]

Republican lawmaker Gerald Allen proposed Alabama House Bill 30 (HB30), which would have banned public school libraries from purchasing books by gay authors or with gay characters.[1] The bill did not become law.

Arkansas[edit]

A proposed ban in Arkansas would have barred any representation of gay and lesbian people in schools, libraries, and state-funded universities. It passed the state's lower house, but a tie vote in the state senate's Education Committee failed to bring it to the state senate floor.

Oklahoma[edit]

State Rep. Sally Kern, a Republican from Oklahoma City supported House Resolution 1039, which would have required Oklahoma libraries to “confine homosexually themed books and other age-inappropriate material to areas exclusively for adult access and distribution.” The bill also required that no public funds be used in “the distribution of such materials to children.” The bill passed in the house but not the senate.

Books Banned for Homosexuality[edit]

Organized by year(s) banned.

2016[2][edit]

  • I Am Jazz, by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings[3]
  • Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out, by Susan Kuklin
  • Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel
  • Two Boys Kissing, by David Levithan
  • This One Summer, written by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Jillian Tamaki
  • Drama, written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier

2015[4][edit]

  • I Am Jazz, by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
  • Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out, by Susan Kuklin
  • Two Boys Kissing, by David Levithan

2014[edit]

  • And Tango Makes Three, Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky

2013[edit]

  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky

2012[edit]

  • The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
  • And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson

2010[edit]

  • And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
  • Revolutionary Voices, edited by Amy Sonnie

2009[edit]

  • And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
  • My Sister's Keeper, by Jodi Picoult

2008[edit]

  • And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
  • Uncle Bobby's Wedding, by Sarah S. Brannen

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Holguin, Jaime (27 April 2005). "Alabama Bill Targets Gay Authors". CBS News. Retrieved 2009-02-20. 
  2. ^ admin (2013-03-26). "Top Ten Most Challenged Books Lists". Banned & Challenged Books. Retrieved 2017-06-16. 
  3. ^ "LGBT books dominate 2016's most-banned list". PinkNews. Retrieved 2017-06-16. 
  4. ^ admin (2013-03-26). "Top Ten Most Challenged Books Lists". Banned & Challenged Books. Retrieved 2017-06-16. 

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