Two LGBT books with Jewish toes found on American Library Association’s “Frequently Challenged Books” list
It’s Banned Books Week, and as it turns out, two of the books on the American Library Association’s “Frequently Challenged Books” list have Jewish ties.
The first “Two Boys Kissing” was written by David Levithan, a New York Times bestselling author, who has also authored “Wide Awake,” about the first gay Jewish presidential candidate. “Two Boys Kissing,” which concerns two teenage boys who wish to break the world record for the longest time kissing, was placed on the list for its depictions of homosexuality and for “[condoning] public displays of affection.”
The other book son the list, “I Am Jazz” was co-authored by Jessica Herthel, a Jewish writer and transgender advocate, and Jazz Jennings, a transgender teenager with a significant YouTube following. It was put on the list for its depictions of homosexuality and sex education. The book is a picture story for kids about a transgender child, based on Jennings’ own experience.