January 28, 2023

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Keller schools ban books about transgender and non-binary people

“I trust librarians, I trust our teachers, and I want to know that I don’t have to look at that list. But here I find several books that are unfortunately part of the LGBTQ community,” Joni Shaw Smith, a board member for the Keller Independent School District, said at last night’s meeting.

Keller ISD, whose board of directors is supported by Patriot Mobile, voted 4-2 to ban all books featuring trans people and non-binary people from classrooms and libraries. Among those who opposed the policy was the ACLU, which described it as an attempt to erase these identities and tell students they don’t belong in the district.

Shaw Smith, a Moms for Liberty candidate who won her seat in the last spring election, cited the district’s recent list of potential book purchases as a cause for concern. Books on the list include the latest title by Adam Silvera, Jumper by Melanie Crowder and Dead Flip by Sara Farizan. Thanks to the new policy, every book purchased for the school must now be approved by the right-wing board.

Any book, even with the mere mention of a trans or non-binary character, is not allowed in the school. Below are the new criteria by which book purchase and use will be evaluated.

It is clear that these parents are not raising children. They create policies that allow them to offload the work of parenting to a policy that does it for them. It is a blatant attack on queer people and another brick being pulled from the fabric of public education.

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