50 groups advocating to ban books featuring LGBTQ, people of color stories

More than 2,000 books have been banned nationwide in schools in the last school year, according to the literary and free expression advocacy organization PEN America.

News 12 Staff

Sep 20, 2022, 10:14 AM

Updated 614 days ago

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More than 2,000 books have been banned nationwide in schools in the last school year, according to the literary and free expression advocacy organization PEN America.
The organization says it has identified 50 groups advocating for bans in kindergarten through 12th grade.
About 41% of the banned books tell stories of LGBTQ or queer people; 40% have people of color as the main characters; and 21% deal directly with racism.
A director at the organization says the bans are being pushed by well-resourced advocacy organizations.


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