January 22, 2022

Maine: “Speak Up To Protect LGBTQ+ Graphic Novels From Ban Today”

We will update this post when new information becomes available.

UPDATE 2 (Sept. 18): Rumford Public Library’s Display Of Banned Books Will Stay (via Sun Journal)

UPDATE 1: Statement from National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC): Local Pastors Attempt to Ban Books from Banned Books Display at Maine Public Library

From Charles Brownstein at the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF):

CBLDF has learned of an attempt to ban several books, including the LGBTQ themed graphic novels My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness by Nagata Kabi and Queer: A Graphic History by Meg John-Barker and Julia Scheele from the Rumford Public Library in Maine.

Three local church leaders objected to these and other books within a Banned Books Week display. The challenge specifically targets the Nagata Kabi manga as “immodest and inappropriate for a public setting” on the basis of its cover alone.

Read the Complete CBLDF Post

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.