Banned Books 2023 – Flamer

Marshall University does not ban books! The information is provided to let people know what has been banned/challenged elsewhere.


Banned and challenged for LGBTQIA+ content and because it was considered sexually explicit.

Starting on September 13, members of the group Let’s Talk Hempfield began reading excerpts from Flamer and other titles during the public comments section of Hempfield School District board meetings in Landisville, PA. On November 22, they submitted seven police
reports against the Hempfield High School, claiming that Flamer, Push by Sapphire, and Beyond Magenta by Susan Kuklin were “pornography” and “obscene material.” The district attorney investigated, determined the books were neither
pornographic nor obscene, and did not file charges. While nine books were targeted during public comments and through police reports, no formal requests for reconsideration were ever submitted,

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Last updated

August 18, 2023