Rejecting Calls for Book Bans
The vast majority of book bans that are taking hold across the country specifically aim to remove books that are by and about LGBTQ people, communities of color, and other marginalized groups. Students have the right to equal educational opportunity and a First Amendment right to speak and receive information freely.
On January 23, 2023, GLAD and the ACLU of Massachusetts sent a letter urging Massachusetts public school districts to protect students’ legal rights by rejecting censorship in school libraries. Read the letter.
On May 16, 2023, GLAD and the ACLU of Maine sent a letter to Maine’s public school leaders demanding they uphold their own legal obligations and students’ First Amendment rights by stopping efforts to ban and censor books. Read the letter.
Positive School Climate is Crucial to Educational Success, MASS Tells Appeals CourtRead More
The Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents shared evidence that a positive school climate is crucial to educational success.
Defending LGBTQ+ Inclusion and the Freedom to Learn in Our Public SchoolsRead More
Every young person, including LGBTQ+ youth, deserves to learn, grow, and thrive in a safe school environment.
Civil Rights Advocates Demand School Leaders Stop Book BansRead More
The ACLU and GLAD are urging Maine’s public school leaders to protect students’ rights and inclusive learning environments.