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There has been a recent uptick in attempts to remove or ban certain books from schools, public libraries and other educational spaces. According to PEN America, 4 in 10 books banned in 2022 contained LGBTQIA+ themes and representation.  

The University Library System and Pitt Queer Professionals will host virtual discussions of popular LGTBQIA+ books that have been challenged or banned. This is a safe space program and all are welcome! Registration is required. The first 10 registrants will receive a free book.


June 16 12:30pm - 1:30pm 

Gender Queer: A Memoir 

Maia Kobabe 

Maia's intensely cathartic autobiography charts eir journey of self-identity, which includes the mortification and confusion of adolescent crushes, grappling with how to come out to family and society, bonding with friends over erotic gay fanfiction, and facing the trauma and fundamental violation of pap smears. Started as a way to explain to eir family what it means to be nonbinary and asexual, Gender Queer is more than a personal story: it is a useful and touching guide on gender identity--what it means and how to think about it--for advocates, friends, and humans everywhere. 

Friday, June 16, 2023
12:30pm - 1:30pm
Online / Webinar
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Event Organizer

LaMonica Wiggins