The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund believes that identity censorship is the most frequent form of intellectual freedom challenge today. From moral panic about Drag Queen Story Hour to frequent challenges to LGBTQ+ comics, books, and authors, the CBLDF is looking to engages a panel of experts to help identify and intelligently address this growing problem, with a free webinar in two weeks’ time.
In the past year, the CBLDF has participated in defending challenges and bans of books solely because they contain LGBTQ+ characters, curriculum rejected because it focused on LGBTQ+ titles, and community programs cancelled solely because program participants identify as LGBTQ+.
In this webinar, they will speak with individuals who’ve been on the front lines of this issue to identify the contours of the problem and discuss strategies for managing it. They will include Lilah Sturges, whose works include Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass, The Magicians: Alice’s Story, who was the target for such discriminatory practices, and John Spears, Chief Librarian, and CEO of Pikes Peak Library District in Colorado Springs.
In addition to receiving CBLDF’s “Fighting Identity Censorship Toolkit,” all webinar participants are invited to share their own stories and receive face-to-face expert advice on managing identity censorship issues.