After public outcry over a sexually explicit and pornographic novel, “Gender Queer: A Memoir,” the Anchorage School District has decided to remove the book from circulation.
A Nov. 15 message from Anchorage School District Superintendent Deena Bishop said she requested a “team” to review the controversial book earlier this month after a community member raised concerns about it at the Oct. 29 school board meeting.
After reading the book, which contains graphic images of oral sex and masturbation, the review team determined that the book “contained adult material, is not appropriate for our school libraries, and will not be in circulation at ASD,” Bishop said.
The book was taken out of circulation on Nov. 11, but the wider issue of how district personnel approved it in the first place remains unclear. Published in 2014 by Maia Kobabe, who uses e/em/eir pronouns, the autobiographical comic book traces Kobabe’s gender confusion, gay crushes and his bonding with friends over erotic gay fanfiction.
“Gender Queer” has been banned from school districts across the nation and has become a flashpoint in the ongoing battle by parents to root out far-leftist curriculum that has infiltrated many publics school systems nationwide. One of the leading proponents of LGBTQ books in libraries is the American Library Association, of which nearly every community and school library is a member.
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Bishop said the school district’s Teaching and Learning Department is convening a “controversial concerns committee” to review its regulations related to controversial issues and materials.
“If your family has a concern about materials made available through school libraries, please connect with your principal or school site librarian,” Bishop wrote. “You will be directed to the Request for Re-Evaluation of Instructional Material form to initiate a review. If the site-level procedure does not resolve the objection within 10 school days of the filing of the original written objections, the matter shall be submitted to the Senior Director of Teaching and Learning who will form a committee to review the concern.”
This is not the first time the school district has come under fire for pushing controversial books that promote radical leftist social ideologies. This past summer the district pulled from its website a long list of books that support the teaching of critical race theory.
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