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Virginia Republican Plans To Sue Barnes & Noble Over Sale Of LGBTQ Book

Virginia Republican Plans To Sue Barnes & Noble Over Sale Of LGBTQ Book

We’ve all heard Republicans claim to be the party of free speech. However, when it comes to books and other media that share the experiences of LGBTQ individuals, they go out of their way to prove that a lie. In fact, two Virginia Republicans are now planning to sue a bookstore over the sale of one particular LGBTQ memoir.

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Genderqueer may break records for controversy. The graphic novel is described by the publisher, Simon & Schuster, as an “intensely cathartic autobiography chart[ing] [author Maia Kobabe’s] journey of self-identity, which includes the mortification and confusion of adolescent crushes, grappling with how to come out to family and society, bonding with friends over erotic gay fanfiction, and facing the trauma and fundamental violation of pap smears.”

Republicans have fought to have the book removed from school libraries, insisting that it’s pornographic, because it deals with topics including oral sex. Now, they’re moving on to target bookstores.

Attorney Tim Anderson, who is also a state delegate, announced on his Facebook page this week that he would be moving forward in a new lawsuit, representing Congressional candidate Tommy Altman, against bookselling giant Barnes & Noble.

“My client, Tommy Altman, has now directed my office to seek a restraining order against Barnes and Noble and Virginia Beach Schools to enjoin them from selling or loaning these books to minors without parent consent.”

He also invites others to file similar lawsuits across the state, hammering booksellers with petty filings that will cost them piles of cash in legal fees, and potentially result in less access for LGBTQ kids to stories of others who have faced similar struggles and survived to thrive as adults.

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On Altman’s campaign site, he declares that Americans and Virginians must stand up to government overreach, which he says is “ruining family life, religious life, business activity, and community.”

Was he talking about himself?

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