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US: Virginia school board to consider banning ‘Two Boys Kissing’ book

Nick Duffy April 5, 2014

A Virginia school board is considering banning Two Boys Kissing, a gay young adult novel by David Levithan, from high schools.

According to Faquier.com, Fauquier County Public Schools has received a request from a parent to ban the book, which is based on a true story of two 17-year-old boys who enter a ‘kissathon’ to try and break a Guinness World Record.

The school board’s associate superintendent will consider banning the book on April 23, in a public hearing.

The parent is appealing to the district, as Fauquier High School previously refused to take the book off its shelves.

The acclaimed young-adult book features several LGBT themes, including coming out, gender identity, gay hookup sites and teenage relationships.

Levithan’s previous book Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist was adapted as a film starring Michael Cera, and won a GLAAD award for its portrayal of gay characters.

Last month, Sheridan High School in Arkansas came under fire for ‘banning’ a gay student’s entry in his yearbook.

More: book ban, coming out, David Levithan, Gay, novel, school, Two Boys Kissing, US, Virginia, young adult

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