DOWNERS GROVE, IL — The book “Gender Queer: A Memoir,” which some District 99 parents denounced as “pornographic” last November, will remain in school libraries after a unanimous school board vote, reports Shaw Media.
A group of parents spoke out against Maia Kobabe’s book at a school board meeting in November, with one calling it a “child pornography sketchbook” and demanding that board members “resign in disgrace”.
After outcry from parents, District 99 officials formed an ad hoc committee that worked with Superintendent Dr. Hank Thiele to evaluate the book. The committee finally recommended that the memorandum be approved by the council.
“Gender Queer” follows Kobabe’s “identity journey, which includes the mortification and confusion of teenage crushes, struggles with how to exit family and society, bond with friends over fanfiction erotic gay, and dealing with the trauma and fundamental violation of pap smears,” according to publishers Simon & Schuster.
Illinois isn’t the only state seeing resistance to “Gender Queer: A Memoir.” In January, “Gender Queer” was removed from schools in Loudoun County, Virginia. In Kansas, Republican Senator Rick Kloos demanded that “Gender Queer” be removed from the shelves at Shawnee Heights High School.