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Teacher unions, school librarians unite to protect sexually explicit books

Two dozen teachers’ unions, librarians’ associations and publishers have formed a coalition to stop a drive by concerned parents to remove sexually-explicit LGBT books from K-12 school libraries.

The coalition includes the American Library Association (ALA), National Educators Association (NEA), American Federation of Teachers (AFT), Macmillan Publishers, Simon & Schuster, Penguin Random House, the National Book Foundation and the Human Rights Campaign, an LGBTQ advocacy group.

Parents have objected to what they say are graphic images of underage sex acts in the comic book-style memoir “Gender Queer” and to similar descriptions in the autobiographical “Lawn Boy,” which they say dwells disturbingly on the attractiveness of underage boys.

The ALA-led “Unite Against Book Bans” said in a statement that it will use financial and political resources to prevent parents from removing such titles, “under the principle that individuals should be trusted to make their own decisions about what to

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