San Francisco Bookstore Sends LGBTQ+ Books to Where They’ve Been Banned

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Indie bookstore Fabulosa Books — located in San Francisco’s historically queer Castro District — is running a program called “Books Not Bans.” Last May, Fabulosa’s Becka Robbins began raising money for the project, which uses customers’ donations to send LGBTQ+ books to places in the country where they’ve been banned.

So far, the books have made it to Texas, Oklahoma, Alabama, and Florida, which has accounted for more than 40% of all book bans in the last year. Fabulosa Books’ program directly combats how many of the books being targeted in book ban attempts are LGBTQ+-centered — PEN America reports that 30% of books banned have been about nonwhite people, while 26% have been about LGBTQ+ people.

To donate to Books Not Bans, click here.

To read more about the initiative, visit AP News.

Find more news and stories of interest from the book world in Breaking in Books.

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