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West Virginia Library Tries to Ban Queer-Inclusive Children’s Book

Nov 20, 2019

By Sam Manzella

LGBTQ advocates are pushing back after a public library in West Virginia pulled and attempted to ban a queer-inclusive children’s book from its shelves.

Earlier this month, a library in Upshur County removed Prince & Knight—a children’s book featuring a gay love story—from shelves after local pastor Josh Layfield complained about the book “[indoctrinating] young children, especially boys, into the LGBTQA [sic] lifestyle.” According to local ABC news affiliate WVVA, the Upshur County Public Library Board is scheduled to hold a review later this Wednesday, November 20, to decide if the age-appropriate queer book should remain off shelves permanently because it contains LGBTQ content.

Multiple advocacy groups—including GLAAD, the American Library Association Office of Intellectual Freedom, the West Virginia Library Association, and the National Coalition Against Censorship—have spoken out against pulling Prince & Knight from public display.

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