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As we prepare to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2023, it is evident that there are many areas where we need to take a stand and speak to protect and preserve human rights. Censorship is flourishing across the country and here in Idaho, and misinformation fuels a whirlwind of sound bites. It is more important now more than ever to work to deeply understand the conflicts that surround us and affect us on a daily basis.
The other night, the Caldwell School District accepted public comment regarding a proposed policy around student sexual orientation and gender identity. The school board meeting dissolved to a messy end with accusations hurled at the serving school board members. This is yet another instance attacking the LGBTQ+ community in the Treasure Valley.
The Queer community is an important part of the tapestry of life in Idaho, and it has always been. This community has been under constant attack, been treated as invisible and often asked to just disappear. History and experience have taught us that pretending that something does not exist does not make it so. It is far healthier for individuals and communities to learn and gain understanding to let the spaces in our world be more open to new ideas and connections.
Books can help us do that as people and as communities. Currently, there is a golden age of Queer voices in print, both fiction and nonfiction. Please read, and read, and read.
On the door of our store is the statement, “Rediscovered Books is for Everyone. We support the right for our customers and employees to express their gender identities and sexual orientations without fear. We encourage Idaho to Add the Words”
We believe that students everywhere have the right to the same experience and openness in their schools that we promote in our store.
A Queer History of the United States by Michael Bronski
Officer Clemmons: A Memoir by Dr. Francois S. Clemmons
Princess Princess Ever After by K. O'Neill
Rick by Alex Gino
Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall
Kiss Her Once For Me by Allison Cochran
Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
Less by Andrew Sean Greer
She Who Became the Sun by Shelly Parker Chan
This is How You Lose a Time War by Amal El-Mohtar
A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske
Blood Like Magic by Liselle Sambury
Recently Banned Books in the Treasure Valley
Gender Queer: A Memoir by Maia Kobabe
This Book is Gay by Juno Dawson
The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
Melissa by Alex Gino
Leah On the Off Beat by Becky Albertalli
Drama: A Graphic Novel by Reina Telegmeier