Banned Books 2022 – Gender Queer: A Memoir

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


Banned, challenged, and restricted for LGBTQIA+ content and because it was considered to have sexually explicit images.

Gender Queer: A Memoir by Maia Kobabe was one of five LGBTQIA+ titles challenged by a parent at the North Hunterdon-Voorhees (NJ) Regional High School District. The other titles were Fun Home by Alison Bechdel, Lawn Boy by Jonathan Evison, This Book Is Gay by Juno Dawson, and All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson. The parent read some snippets, called for audits, and threatened criminal charges for those responsible for providing “evil, wicked” content in the school. The school board voted to retain all five challenged LGBTQIA+ titles.


A patron asked the staff of the Huntington Beach (CA) Public Library for this graphic novel memoir about growing up nonbinary. She filled out a request for re-evaluation form, then posted out-of-context images from the book on Facebook, leading to many negative and inflammatory posts advocating for the destruction of the book and challenging library staff. The patron also contacted the library director, city manager, and other members of the city council. The book was moved from the teen to the adult collection.

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Last updated

September 29, 2022