Georgia parents’ fury over woke selection of books in kids section

Georgia parents’ fury over local public library’s kids section that includes the queer ‘manifesto’ All Boys Aren’t Blue and a ‘pornographic’ sexuality ‘guide’ titled It’s Perfectly Normal

  • Parents complained about the books at Thomas County Public Library in Georgia
  • They said some were downright pornographic and belonged in the adult section
  • All Boys Aren’t Blue has been banned by 29 school districts across the country 
  • The author – who uses ‘they/them’ pronouns – calls it a ‘memoir manifesto’ about growing up black and queer 
  • The parents also complained about The Hate U Give – a story of police brutality against black teenagers – and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl 
  • The last book is a story about a teenage girl dying from leukemia  

Parents in a Georgia town are revolting against a local library over what they describe as its ‘pornographic’ selection of children’s books. 

The parents complained over four books at the Thomas County Public Library in Thomasville, Georgia, earlier this month, after coming across some of the books in horror. 

One, titled All Boys Aren’t Blue, is billed as a queer ‘manifesto memoir’ by the author George M. Johnson, and a sexuality guide called It’s Perfectly Normal. 

The library also promoted Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out as one of its latest additions earlier this year. 

Sexuality 'guide', It's Perfectly Normal

The memoir 'manifesto' All Boys Aren't Blue

Two of the books the parents complained about: The sexuality guide ‘It’s Perfectly Normal’ and the ‘memoir manifesto’, All Boys Aren’t Blue, which has been banned by 29 school districts

The parents say the books should be moved from the children’s section to the teenager’s area, at the very least. 

At a recent board meeting, mother Carla Defnall said of It’s Perfectly Normal: ‘I have marked all of the narratives and pictures, which I will be happy to show. 

‘It seems clear to me that this book is pornographic and it is against the law to furnish it to children and teens.’ 

Her comments were reported by The Thomasville Times Enterprise. Mary Beth Huber, another mother, had similar concerns. 

‘We picked up the same book in the little teeny children’s section, and they don’t need a detailed description on how to have group sex.

‘They don’t need pictures of men and men in bed together, or men and women in bed together. 

A library employee promoting another of the book's LGBTQ books: Beyond Magenta, Transgender Teens Speak Out

A library employee promoting another of the book’s LGBTQ books: Beyond Magenta, Transgender Teens Speak Out 

The Hate U Give, a story about police brutality against black youths

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, which is about a teenager with leukemia

Two other books that parents protested over: The Hate U Give, a story about police brutality against black youths, and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, which is about a teenager with leukemia. The parents say the themes were inappropriate for young children 

The children's section at the Thomas County Public Library in Georgia, where the books are stored

The children’s section at the Thomas County Public Library in Georgia, where the books are stored 

‘These are our concerns for our little children. Put the book in the adult section,’ she said. 

George M. Johnson, the author of the 'memoir manifesto' All Boys Aren't Blue

George M. Johnson, the author of the ‘memoir manifesto’ All Boys Aren’t Blue

Others that the parents complained about include Me and Earl The Dying Girl – a novel about a teenager with leukemia.

Another, titled The Hate U Give, explores police brutality against black youths and teenagers.  

All Boys Aren’t Blue has already been banned in 29 different school districts. 

The author – who uses ‘they/them’ pronouns – told NPR in a recent interview: ‘Any time you write a book where you write about your truth, there are going to be people who want to silence that truth’. 

The Georgia library will meet with parents again in November to discuss moving the books in question.  

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