Liberty Lake City Council will decide if ‘Gender Queer’ book should be removed from library

LIBERTY LAKE, Wash – The Liberty Lake City Council will tackle the potential removal of a book from the local library, even though the library board has already denied a request to do so.

The book “Gender Queer” is a memoir in graphic novel form in which the author explains what it means to be nonbinary and asexual.

According to the American Library Association, it was the most challenged book of 2021 “because it was considered to have sexually explicit images.”

Erin Zasada filed a complaint with the Liberty Lake Municipal Library, asking it to reconsider the book’s placement.

When asked on the form if the person making the complaint had read the book in its entirety, Zasada checked a box saying “no”.

On December 15, the interim library director responded to the request, saying “I have reviewed your request and at this time do not feel the book should be removed… the title is in our adult section and is therefore not geared towards children which appears to be one of your main concerns.”

Zasada then followed up with a response, requesting to appeal the decision.

The letter says the book contains pornographic content because it has “two graphic pictures depicting two people engaging in oral sex.”

Despite the book being in the adult section, Zasada maintains that it is “CLEARLY marketed towards children.”

When someone appeals the library board’s decision, the next step is to make the case before the Liberty Lake City Council.

The item is on the agenda for Tuesday night’s meeting. You can find the agenda and the library’s complete response to Zasada’s request for removal at this link.