The War Against Children: LGBTQ Children’s books in middle and high school libraries in the United States
Since 2021, a growing number of religious conservative parents have lashed out against public schools for bringing in LGBTQ books that are not only age-inappropriate but allegedly promote immoral behavior.
These kinds of books weren’t available in public school libraries until 2015. When it did, it wasn’t only about promoting homosexuality, but many of them contained an explicit and graphic description of gay flirting and sex.
The earliest known LGBTQ-themed book for teenagers was ‘I’ll Get There. It Better Be Worth the Trip.’ Then came the groundbreaking children’s books Heather Has Two Mommies and Daddy’s Roommate in 1989 and 1990.
Filth and obscene
For religious conservatives, these books are filth and obscene and should be permanently banned in elementary and high school.
It is a culture war that indoctrinates children into inspiring them to “normalize sin” or, for others, embrace the gay lifestyle.
Naturally, hundreds of left-liberal authors, including the American Library Association, condemned the ban on LGBTQ and race-related books that, for them, “threatens the education of America’s children.” [NBC]
Three of the most popular LGBTQ+ titles that have caught the ire of parents are the following:
In the USA, Drag Queens is welcome to teach kids in libraries about the value of the LGBTQ lifestyle. However, religious conservatives like Kirk Cameron are banned from promoting his book about traditional family values.
Left vs. Right Wings
Seen as a political war between Republicans and Democrats, the issue of LGBTQ books pushed in the public school system is also a culture war between religious conservatives and left-liberals who call those against them “right-wing.”