Despite hard-won progress towards LGBTQ equality, books centering LGBTQ characters and stories remain among the most frequently challenged and banned in schools and libraries.
The freedom to read stories about people of diverse sexual and gender identities can validate and empower all youth, especially those who may identify as LGBTQ. When LGBTQ youth do not see themselves represented in the stories or art around them, they can internalize negative messages about the value of their own personal stories. LGBTQ representation in literature can also promote tolerance and acceptance of all human difference, including sexual and gender identities.
This DEFEND LGBTQ STORIES resource offers an overview of common arguments made by would-be censors and techniques for advocating for LGBTQ stories in your schools and communities.