Illinois students rally to defend LGBTQ book as school board hears objections over its content

Several students and parents spoke in defense of the book "Gender Queer," saying it should be available in the library -- and that nobody was forced to read it.
By: | November 17, 2021

The increasingly heated debate over the presence of certain books in school libraries was aired at an Illinois school board meeting this week.

After two objections were made to the presence of “Gender Queer” in the library in the Chicago suburb of Downers Grove, residents and students showed up Monday night to voice their opinions on the book by Maia Kobabe.

Some attendees held up signs saying “No Porn” and posters showing graphic illustrations from the coming-of-age memoir about gender and sexuality, while several students and parents spoke in defense of the book, saying it should be available in the library — and that nobody was forced to read it.