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Dems push to unblock LGBT material at schools, libraries

“Several House Democrats have put forward legislation that would ban schools and libraries from banning Internet access to LGBT material, which is sometimes blocked by filters aimed at keeping out obscene content. The Don’t Block LGBTQ Act, from Rep. Mike Honda, D-Calif., is meant to ensure that young LGBT people are able to access material that might help them. We have seen how filters can block students and adults from useful resources, Honda told the Bay Area Reporter. Whether a gay man is learning how to come out or a transgender woman is finding trans-specific health care, the publicly funded Internet access should remain open to everyone in the LGBTQ community. Under current law, public schools and libraries that receive Internet subsidies are required to block out obscene material. But Honda’s office said too often, schools and libraries end up blocking useful LGBT resources that are not sexually explicit in any way.” (via Washington Examiner)

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Texas prisons ban ‘The Color Purple’ and book about Jackie Robinson but not ‘Mein Kampf’

“Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” is allowed, but an illustrated history of World War II isn’t. A 700-page defense of racial segregation is fine, but not Langston Hughes’s poetry.Kinky paperback memoir? No problem. Suggestive Shakespearean sonnets? No way.Welcome to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, home to 140,000 prisoners and a list of 15,000 banned books.” (via The Washington Post)

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Library officials say no to graphic version of Clinton book

“Stirring up a bit of a ruckus, Alachua County library officials have rejected a request to add a new book to its shelves. The collections department, which buys books for the library, decided to not buy “Clinton Cash: A Graphic Novel,” a book about alleged corruption by presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton. Resident Ann Lhota said she requested the book when it reached the top spot on the New York Times Bestseller List for graphic novels. Lhota believes the library’s decision is political.” (via Gainsville Sun)

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Sex ed books pulled from library shelves at Rainier elementary school

“A sex education book full of illustrations depicting sexual acts is creating quite the controversy at a Hudson Park Elementary School in Rainier.Parents said the book was shown to their kids without their permission, and now the school is pulling the book from library shelves. The book in question, titled “It’s Perfectly Normal,” touts itself as a children’s book for ages 10 and up, that talks all about changing bodies, sex and sexual health.” (via KPTV)

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“On the latest list of books most objected to at public schools and libraries, one title has been targeted nationwide, at times for the sex and violence it contains, but mostly for the legal issues it raises. The Bible.” (via The Associated Press)

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