Mother calls for action over controversial LGBTQ book
NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WLNE) – The mother of a North Kingstown High School student wants a controversial book—Gender Queer—either pulled from the school’s library or kept with restrictions, speaking with ABC6 News on Tuesday.
The book contains explicit drawings with homosexual and lesbian sex scenes, which the author uses to illustrate her years-long struggle questioning her gender identity and sexuality.
“I don’t care if it’s a man, it’s a woman, [or] two women; whatever. It’s just the images, not the subject matter,” the mother, who didn’t want to share her identity, told ABC6 News.
ABC6 News took the issue to the principal of North Kingstown High School and the school district committee chairman, who didn’t respond to ABC6 News’ requests for comment.
Both Superintendent Phil Auger and Chairman Greg Blasbalg responded to the mother ABC6 News interviewed.
“[The book is] a valuable resource for someone who is working through issues of sexual identity and/or identifying as transgender,” Superintendent Auger said in the email.
Chairman Blasbalg questioned the mother on reading the book herself.
“Well, no, I’m not going to read this book, because the pictures speak for themselves,” the mother said.
The mother said if the school was determined to have the book in the library, students should have to be at least 18 years old to check it out without parent’s permission slip.
“They need to sign permission slips to watch a rated R movie in school,” the mother said.
Another Rhode Island mother, Nicole Solas, filed a police report in connection to the book, alleging it was pornography in school.
ABC6 News reached out to the North Kingstown Police Department about the status of the report, but didn’t hear back as of Tuesday.