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Stopping Discriminatory Book Banning

By Charlotte Robinson, June 04, 2024

In a powerful move to uphold intellectual freedom & ensure access to inclusive & affirming materials in public libraries & school libraries, Minnesota, Colorado & Vermont have passed legislation restricting book banning. These states join California, Illinois, Maryland & Washington State in a collective effort to safeguard the freedom to read & promote inclusivity. Melanie Willingham-Jaggers, GLSEN’s Executive Director sated, "By passing these laws, Minnesota, Colorado & Vermont are taking a definitive stand against censorship & in favor of educational freedom. We know that an inclusive school curriculum acts as a window for young people into the diverse world around them, as well as a mirror to reflect their own experiences & identities. These legislative victories ensure that all students have the opportunity to see themselves represented in the books they read." According to GLSEN's National School Climate Survey only 4 in 10 students who attended school in person reported that they could find books or information on LGBTQ-related topics such as LGBTQ history in their school library. Research shows that learning about LGBTQ history & people benefits all students, fostering a more inclusive & understanding school environment. With these new laws Minnesota, Colorado & Vermont are leading the charge in the fight against censorship joining a growing list of states committed to protecting the freedom to read. This collective action underscores a national movement to ensure that libraries continue to serve as inclusive spaces that champion intellectual freedom & diverse perspectives. Founded in 1990 GLSEN is dedicated to creating safe & inclusive educational environments for LGBTQ students in the United States. 

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