(NEW YORK)— In response to news that Seminole, FL school officials reportedly offered to remove LGBTQ pages from a high school yearbook, due to complaints by a few parents and students that they were “inappropriate,” Peris Tushabe, PEN America’s program coordinator for Free Expression and Education, released the following comments:
“The campaign to erase LGBTQ+ identities in schools continues to reach new lows. What kind of message does it send to LGBTQ+ students and families that a superintendent would readily censor their presence from the yearbook, just to appease a small number of objections? Not to mention how the offer to print an alternative version completely undermines the work of the students who put the yearbook together. This is an outrageous proposal, rooted in hate. The superintendent should apologize.”

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