This is not the first time that we’ve seen censorship attempts at a level like this. Teachers and librarians have been accused of “grooming” children by stocking diverse books in their libraries or incorporating them into curricula, while queer authors are among those most frequently attacked for publishing work online without restrictions on where it can be accessed–even if they’re black!
The fact remains: book burnings still happen today despite being against library regulations; people who speak out often lose jobs over opinions opposed by educators’ unions. But one thing’s certain: no matter how hard these cowards try to stop us – never fear. We’re not going away any time soon.
Homosexuality was once again surrounded by controversy in the 1990s when it came to light that many homosexual instructors were being accused of pedophilia because their sexual orientation. This put years of hard-won progress back, and affected children especially hard; they are more likely than others not only be targeted for discrimination but also have difficulty finding employment after leaving prison or reform facilities where imprisonment is a common outcome .
Teachers and librarians have already had a difficult few years. Schools were forced to close, remote learning was implemented, in-person learning was restored, and remote learning was implemented again, and instructors had to make quick adjustments. Going into a classroom full of children with inadequate PPE puts their health at risk. As well as working with students who were striving to catch up academically, they also helped them cope socially and emotionally.
Libraries closed and then reopened repeatedly for librarians as well. They adapted to the requirements of the community while also making an effort to preserve their own health, frequently with insufficient personal protective equipment (PPE). Patrons were adamant in their opposition to mandatory face masks and safety protocols.
Teachers and librarians are running on empty. The pressure to teach both in person or via remote education has only served as a contributing factor towards burnout among educators, which was already high before the pandemic hit hardest. The education system is already a stressful place. With the pandemic and shortage of teachers, it’s become even more so for those who teach in-school or online classes to have their burnout symptoms exacerbated by having two impossible jobs – how can we expect them not feel burned out?
When the book banners started showing up at school and library board meetings, it became clear that teachers and librarians were being accused of sexually harassing students because they carried books on boys in dresses or discussed sexuality. It’s exhausting to deal with all this hostility from people who make vile allegations against you when your job is just trying help kids read!
This month, teachers and librarians across the country put up pride displays in honor of LGBTQ+ awareness. I am so grateful for their work; these exhibits help kids feel like they belong to a group that is appreciated by society at large–and it’s something we should all take notice!
LGBTQ youth are at risk for many different things, but one thing that makes them more likely to succeed is having an adult who understands their needs. Youth with supportive parents or guardians have 40% less chance of attempting suicide than those without any kind support system whatsoever!
The librarians and instructors at some schools have faced backlash from angry parents, with some suggesting that they are indoctrinating children by promoting a rainbow exhibit. They may also receive threatening emails or phone calls as part of an upcoming social media campaign against schools who show support for marriage equality; it’s possible these people will try targeting those involved in order make them feel uncomfortable going forward – after all, there isn’t much protection if you’re just one person working tirelessly to educate others about what actually happens behind closed doors when we don’t see any violence…but then again sometimes things change fast nowadays
The voices of those who have been ignored by this society are being lost in the shadows. We must not let that happen, so please take a moment to thank any library or teacher you see during your travels for their hard work! If they don’t feel appreciated then what will happen next? It’s time we make our presence known– send an email if possible but also share on social media how much value these people bring into our lives with each service rendered and lesson taught because no one else can do it quite like them. When you attend the meetings of your school and library boards, take a stand! These people don’t speak for everyone.
Even if you live in the United States, you should know that this happens all around the world. All of the book banners are in place and ready to go around the country. The sooner you express your community’s support for LGBTQ individuals, especially LGBTQ youth, the better. If they haven’t made their presence known in your town yet, the better.
We need to stand strong and make sure that the next generation of kids grows up knowing they are valid, loved & worthy. Their worth doesn’t depend on what gender or sexual orientation — it’s about being your authentic self with all your heart!
We need to embrace and support our LGBT kids. They deserve the same as every other child in this country!
Don’t let them continue fighting for equality while we wait out an outdated system that doesn’t work, because it’s just not right- especially when they’re young enough too believe all of their dreams are possible
And if you see a rainbow, don’t keep it to yourself. This isn’t just their problem and they’re not alone in this fight! Keep pushing forward with your own personal rainbows until we can all live together as equals under the endless sky!
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