Florida politician calls police over LGBTQ book in school library
A Flagler County School Board member filed a criminal complaint with the county sheriff’s office last week after discovering notes about a gay writer were available in area schools.
Jill Wolbright felt offended by the book All Boys Are Not Blue: A Memoir of a Manifesto Being available at Palm Coast High School, Mantanzas High School and Paddy Taylor Middle School.
“I don’t have a problem with the book – I have a problem with where to put the book,” she told WESH. “Some children may get upset about reading a book they are not ready for.”
Author George M. Johnson notes a warning about the content, citing a discussion of sexual assault, homophobia, racism, and sexism. In the police report, Wolbright shared two chapters that she found particularly offensive.
She said, “Chapter 11 discusses in detail, and very descriptive, about masturbation and oral sex. Chapter 15 ‘Losing my virginity twice’ is also very descriptive and discusses masturbation, oral sex, and sodomy.”
For their part, the authors emphasized that the book does not harm children.
“My book is not what hurts your child — you are the one who will harm your child by not letting him: know that there are other people in this world who have a different living experience than they do, and second: not to let them have the language or this particular resource for dealing with problems,” Johnson said of the controversy. which you will encounter in this world when they appear.”
The book is not the first gay upbringing memoir that runs counter to Florida school boards. Brevard and Orange County both removed a graphic novel on the topic from their libraries earlier this year.
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