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Waukee, Iowa district pulls controversial LGBTQ-themed books from library

Waukee, Iowa district pulls controversial LGBTQ-themed books from library

“Does equity and inclusion also include incestuous relationships, child/adult sex? And books that promote pedophilia,” exclaimed parent Amanda McClanahan at Waukee’s school board meeting last week.McClanahan is referring to a book at Waukee’s Northwest High School Library titled ‘All Boys Aren’t Blue’.The text describes an inappropriate sexual relationship between the young main character and his much older male cousin.That book along with ‘Gender-Queer’ and ‘Lawn Boy’ have been called for a review by the Waukee school board — all three of these titles described LGBTQ themes.Gender-Queer depicted a sexually explicit cartoon one parent displayed to the board.”This is also in the book, Gender-Queer at Northwest High School, available for children as young as 14 years old,” McClanahan said.Waukee joins many other districts nationwide that have brought these books into question.The district issued a statement to KCCI saying the titles have since been removed from the shelves for review.Once each book has been reviewed by the board a recommendation will be made to the superintendent regarding whether or not it will return for students to check out.During that school board meeting Monday one parent said any child can pick up these books that display explicit content as their covers can be misleading.”These books may appear innocent, however when you dig in you find much, much more,” added parent Courtney Collier.Gender-Queer explains the journey of a nonbinary, asexual teen navigating their way through their sexuality.And Lawn Boy details sexual encounters the main character has with another male character.While the controversy over two books isn’t anything new, One Iowa says they may play a vital role in self-discovery for kids and young adults.”It’s very disheartening, because what LGBTQ students and non-LGBTQ students in the literature that they consume and the things have access is to be able to see themselves and their peers,” said Max Mowitz with One Iowa.Mowitz shares it was very eye-opening for him to have access to certain materials when they were growing up.Books that chronicle the experiences of LGBTQ youth can help many feel seen and valid.”It’s so important to have things like shows, television, books, magazines that show and reflect who you are right now but who you will be in the future. That’s really, really powerful. And it can save lives,” he said.

“Does equity and inclusion also include incestuous relationships, child/adult sex? And books that promote pedophilia,” exclaimed parent Amanda McClanahan at Waukee’s school board meeting last week.

McClanahan is referring to a book at Waukee’s Northwest High School Library titled ‘All Boys Aren’t Blue’.

The text describes an inappropriate sexual relationship between the young main character and his much older male cousin.

That book along with ‘Gender-Queer’ and ‘Lawn Boy’ have been called for a review by the Waukee school board — all three of these titles described LGBTQ themes.

Gender-Queer depicted a sexually explicit cartoon one parent displayed to the board.

“This is also in the book, Gender-Queer at Northwest High School, available for children as young as 14 years old,” McClanahan said.

Waukee joins many other districts nationwide that have brought these books into question.

The district issued a statement to KCCI saying the titles have since been removed from the shelves for review.

Once each book has been reviewed by the board a recommendation will be made to the superintendent regarding whether or not it will return for students to check out.

During that school board meeting Monday one parent said any child can pick up these books that display explicit content as their covers can be misleading.

“These books may appear innocent, however when you dig in you find much, much more,” added parent Courtney Collier.

Gender-Queer explains the journey of a nonbinary, asexual teen navigating their way through their sexuality.

And Lawn Boy details sexual encounters the main character has with another male character.

While the controversy over two books isn’t anything new, One Iowa says they may play a vital role in self-discovery for kids and young adults.

“It’s very disheartening, because what LGBTQ students and non-LGBTQ students in the literature that they consume and the things have access is to be able to see themselves and their peers,” said Max Mowitz with One Iowa.

Mowitz shares it was very eye-opening for him to have access to certain materials when they were growing up.

Books that chronicle the experiences of LGBTQ youth can help many feel seen and valid.

“It’s so important to have things like shows, television, books, magazines that show and reflect who you are right now but who you will be in the future. That’s really, really powerful. And it can save lives,” he said.

https://www.kcci.com/article/waukee-school-district-pulls-controversial-lgbtq-themed-books-from-high-school-library/38098283