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The 10 best banned queer books worth adding to your library

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National conversations about book banning have erupted in recent weeks as conservatives around the country rally to challenge titles that they deem “age inappropriate” for schools and libraries.The practice of censorship has gone on for decades and mostly affects books that deal with topics of race, sexuality, or gender.

Recent bans in Texas and other states continue a dangerous trend of linking queerness to vulgarity, and alienating kids from stories that would strengthen their sense of identity.LGBTQ youth who haven’t yet formed support systems rely on the internet and libraries to gain insight into who they are and who they are becoming.

In a time where the number of challenged books is unprecedented, we must rally to support both authors and readers, and keep these books on shelves.Here are ten of the most crucial banned titles, ranging from picture books to YA novels to adult nonfiction…The book tells the true story of two male penguins who raised a chick together at the Central Park Zoo.

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