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The Prosecutor v. the Librarian


Tomorrow's Lapeer District Library board meeting should be educational and volatile.


Lapeer County Prosecutor John Miller will be attending and speaking up about Gender Queer, a graphic memoir which contains jarring, sexually explicit illustrations.


The author of the book, Maia Kobabe, uses e/em/eir pronouns. (Insert eye roll.)


Prosecutor Miller has stated: "We have child protection laws in the state of Michigan. Laws already on the books, and this material, this book, in my opinion, meets some of the criteria for sexually exploitive materials."



Amy Churchill, Lapeer District director, is unfazed. "This is not a perverted, obscene book. This is a memoir of someone's life."


If you can breezily dismiss a wildly inappropriate book being marketed to teens as a "memoir," you've lost your moral compass.


And, if you're wondering, the book is available at the Petoskey library.

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parade_dispute0c
16 Mar 2023

Responsible government is censorship? If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself. .

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alaskafun1967
15 Mar 2023

Although there is nothing wrong with having this book in the library, Gender Queer is not on the shelves at the Petoskey Library. It is available through the consortium because two other libraries have that book. It is also available as an e-book. That means if someone at Petoskey wants to read the book, they can place a hold and the book will be delivered. All you have to do is click the available now link and it will show which libraries hold the title.

I am not surprised that you are misleading people, but really, you should try and understand how libraries work before attacking them.


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