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Banned Books Week! Day 1: All Boys Aren't Blue By George M. Johnson

Banned Books Conversations: Where Radical Readers Discuss Prohibited Prose - Join Tonya Todd and her guests every day this week as they celebrate banned books! Banned books are works that have been removed from a library shelf or school curriculum. Over the course of Banned Books Week, this series will cover seven different books, the reasons they were banned, and the value in reading them. Host: Tonya Todd (@MsTonyaTodd & producer: JP ButlerAudio producer: Ria CarroganGraphics: Mike Burton Guest panelists Brandon Mead: Writer of queer fiction and queer personal essays. Also a bookseller, and author host in Seattle, WA.  Creator of Wayward pansy, coloring books that are inclusive, also Queer Books which showcases queer stories Find him at and on instagram @FierceStoryTelling Wayne Goodman: Retired psychiatric nurse and podcast host. Lives in San Francisco and has authored many books. Currently hosts Podcast Queer Words Blake Byles: Trainee psychotherapist in London Find him on twitter @BlakeBiles Comics in Motion Multiverse podcast Episode Summary Tonya Todd led a discussion on banned books with guests Brandon Mead, Wayne Goodman, and Blake Byles. This year's first episode is 'All Boys Aren't Blue' by George M. Johnson. They discussed their views on banned books, with Brandon emphasizing the importance of freedom to read. They also talked about the need for reader advisories to caution about potentially triggering or misinformative content. The team did not reach a clear conclusion on the matter. They also discussed the pattern of themes in book banning and the implications it has for society. Blake and Brandon discussed the target audience of a book they had been reading. Blake believed the book was written for a young adult market, particularly focusing on the college experience and the exploration of identity. Brandon agreed and added that the book, which deals with themes of gender and sexuality, could be particularly beneficial to young adults coming to terms with their own queerness or transness. Find the video versions of each of Tonya's Banned Books on her YouTube channel, Season 2 can be found in this playlist: ⁠⁠ --- Send in a voice message:

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