Banned Books 2019 – Two Boys Kissing

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


This was one of four books challenged by public petition in Orange City’s (IA)
public library. The concern articulated by a coalition of conservative and evangelical community members was that the library was distributing LGBTQIA+ materials to pre-K kids using tax dollars. The coalition requested that the books be shelved separately, segregated from other library materials. One local religious activist checked out the four books, then burned them live on Facebook. Since then, over 200 books were donated to the library, and GoFundMe and Facebook fundraisers raised thousands of dollars to replace damaged materials. All the titles have been retained. The activist was charged with criminal misdemeanor mischief.


Challenged because its cover has an image of two boys kissing, and it was considered to include sexually explicit LGBT content.


Challenged for homosexuality and other reasons (“condones public displays of affection”).


Challenged by a parent in the Fauquier County (VA) public high school library. The book tells the story of Harry and Craig, two 17-year-olds who are about to take part in a 32-hour marathon of kissing to set a new Guinness World Record — all of which is narrated by a Greek chorus of the generation of gay men lost to AIDS.

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Last updated

June 26, 2019