Posted on 08/05/2022 at 03:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The same day that we learned Gender Queer had survived a local challenge, we learned that it was at the center of a much-worse outcome elsewhere in the Midwest.

Some residents of Jamestown Township, Michigan, objected to seeing Maia Kobabe's graphic-novel memoir, describing coming of age as a nonbinary and asexual person, and other books with similar themes in their library.

So they voted against renewing the share of property taxes that provides 84 percent of the Patmos Library’s operating budget for 2023, reports Literary Hub.

The effort, according to Bridge Michigan (which Lit Hub used as a source), began when library staff refused to remove the books.

Residents began harassing staff, some of whom resigned, and then came what Bridge Michigan believes is the first time a community essentially voted to close its library.

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