The legislation comes amid a soaring number of book challenges — often centered on LGBTQ content — and efforts in a number of states to ban drag queen story readings.
"The weaponization of libraries ... is a bludgeon that’s scaring people everywhere," said American Library Association President Emily Drabinski.
First, it was book bans. Now the Silencers are threatening librarians with jail time.
Mychal Threets, “America’s favorite librarian,” has captured the hearts of thousands online with his viral social media videos and reels.
Book bans are an unfortunate reality. But these librarians are devoted to supporting and protecting queer kids who just want to read.
In less than a year, Mychal Threets has captured the hearts of thousands by sharing touching stories from his library.
A Pride display at a local library spurred community backlash — and now its staff is dealing with the repercussions.
The city ordinance, originally intended to block drag shows, is now being used as a basis to consider removing certain titles from public shelves.
The list will be curated by the public, and individual local libraries will then decide whether or not to remove the books.
Terri Lesley’s firing is a harbinger of what could come next, as versions of her story are replicated around the country.