Liberty Lake City Council to decide if ‘Gender Queer’ book should be removed from library

LIBERTY LAKE, Wash. — The Liberty Lake City Council will address the potential removal of a book from the local library, even though the library board has previously denied a request to do so.

The book “Gender Queer” is a memoir in the form of a graphic novel in which the author explains what it means to be non-binary and asexual.

According to the American Library Association, it was the most contested book of 2021 “because it was considered to contain sexually explicit images”.

Erin Zasada filed a complaint with the Liberty Lake Public Library, asking it to reconsider the location of the book.

When asked on the form if the person filing the complaint had read the book in its entirety, Zasada ticked a box, saying “no.”

On December 15, the acting library director responded to the request: “I have reviewed your request and at this time I do not believe the book should be removed…the title is in our adult section and therefore is not intended for children, which seems to be one of your main concerns.

Zasada then responded with a response, asking to appeal the decision.

The letter says the book contains pornographic content because it contains “two graphic images depicting two people engaging in oral sex.”

Although the book is in the adult section, Zasada maintains that it is “CLEARLY marketed to children”.

When someone appeals the decision of the library board, the next step is to take the matter to the Liberty Lake City Council.

The item is on the agenda for Tuesday evening’s meeting. You can find the agenda and the library’s full response to Zasada’s withdrawal request at this link.

Leave a Comment