The definition of “sexually explicit” in Virginia’s law is so broad and vague that it could include books by LGBTQ+ authors and about LGBTQ+ experiences. This means a parent could make a book like George by Alex Gino inaccessible to the entire classroom based on a single scene or paragraph. As importantly, the bill discounts the expertise of educators who are trained to teach students about complex concepts and subjects, and keeps students from being exposed to diverse viewpoints and stories. This new law will further disrupt the education of young children and keep classrooms from being thriving grounds for free speech and understanding.
Evidence from similar action in other states is that the target is LGBTQ+ and BIPOC authors and youth. Redraft the Guidance!