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LINK 22 Titles Pulled from Missouri District Shelves to Comply with State Law and More | Censorship Roundup | School Library Journal

In order to comply with Missouri Senate Bill 775, the Rockwood School District announced the removal of 22 books from district school libraries. The law prohibits providing access to “explicit sexual material” in schools, exempting works “that have serious artistic significance.” Violating the law could result in a class A misdemeanor, which may include up to one year in jail and a fine of not more than $2,000. Titles removed includeBatman: White Knight by Sean Murphy,Gilgamesh: A Graphic Novel by Andrew Winegarner, and The Handmaid's Tale (Graphic Novel) by Renee Nault.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch , local parent group St. Charles County Parent Association has compiled lists of books available in some Missouri school districts which they claim violate state law. According to the website, “We are currently working with legal experts to compile a list that we will classify as ‘criminal.’ We would be thrilled to collaborate with parents and grassroot groups in an effort to compile this list.”

If a challenged book isn’t removed, the group encourages parents to contact local law enforcement and file a police report. The group utilizes the book rating system from, which rates books on a scale from 1-5: child guidance, teen guidance, minor restricted, no minors, aberrant content (respectively). ...

snytiger6 9 Sep 10

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That's no surprise in a red state such as Missouri.

What is interesting, is that it was in Kansas City Missouri where, before the Stonewall riots, that the gay communities from across the country met to develop a national strategy for gay rights. I forget who the organizer was, but I do remember he died early in the AIDS crises.

Kansas City was settled on as the location for the planning session because "It was equally inconvenient for everybody." Yeah, they decided rather than going to the East or West cost which would be hard for those who lived on the other coast, they would meet in the middle where everyone was equally inconvenienced.. Not much was decided at the conference, but it did change the viewpoint of gay community leaders from looking at their local situation(s) and got them thinking on a national scale.

Thus, when the Stonewall riots happened, they were better able to mobilize the incident into a national movement, officially launching the gay rights movement, which later became the LGBT+ movement.

Still, it all started in Missouri of all places.

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