18 Jun Gender Queer: A Memoir by Maia Kobabe
Author/Illustrator Maia Kobabi
Book type: Graphic Novel
Where it is banned:
AS, FL, ID, IL, IA, KS, ME, NY, OH, PA, SC, TX, UT, VA, WA
Cartoonist Maia Kobabe first published Gender Queer: A Memoir, in 2018. (Kobabe uses e/em/eir pronouns.) Eir graphic novel describe eir journey to self-discovery, from the first questions about why e had wear certain clothes, to the first stirrings of attraction, to the full realization of eir unique identity and empowerment as a queer individual. The graphic novel was published to great acclaim in 2018, selling out its first print run and receiving numerous awards. It became widely
In the Fall of 2021, a backlash against the book developed after a video of a parent railing against it during a school board meeting in Virginia went viral. Since then the book has been challenged repeatedly, in bookstores, school systems, and public libraries. In 2022, it received the dubious distinction of being the most banned book in the United States.