Pink hands out banned LGBT+ books at Florida concerts

Attendees of Pink's concerts in Florida will receive free books that are banned from schools by the state because of "LGBT+ content." The singer is campaigning against the so-called "Don't Say Gay" law. “It's confusing, it's disgusting, it's censorship,” she said.
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Together with organisation PEN America, which opposes book bans in the country, the So What and What About Us singer will distribute 2000 books that have been banned from schools by the Florida state government. Due to a new education law, renamed the 'Don't Say Gay' law by opponents, schools are no longer allowed to discuss LGBT+ topics. As a result, schools are removing books with gay or transgender characters from their libraries. Books that discuss racism are also not allowed to be given to children in Florida.

Singer Pink says that, as a mother of two, she is extremely concerned about the subject. “Books have held a special joy for me from the time I was a child, and that’s why I am unwilling to stand by and watch while books are banned by schools. It’s especially hateful to see authorities take aim at books about race and racism and against LGBTQ authors and those of color. We have made so many strides toward equality in this country, and no one should want to see this progress reversed.’’ Pink calls the book bans “confusing, disgusting” and “censorship.”

One book that the singer is handing out is The Family Book by writer Todd Parr, which describes different types of family compositions. Due to the appearance of LGBT+ families in the book, it is not allowed in schools in the state. Florida is the state with the most book bans, according to PEN America. More than 1,400 different works can no longer be provided to children by educational institutions.

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