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LGBTQ Books And Authors Are Meeting Resistance In Middle Schools— At Precisely The Time Young Readers Need Them Most.

David Canfield

IN MAY, JEN PETRO-ROY had a trip booked to Texas for a campus visit. As is standard practice for big titles, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group (MCPG), publisher of her debut novel, P.S. I Miss You, set up stops at middle schools around the U.S. for her to talk with students. But for this specific event, the school abruptly canceled. “The administrator decided that by teaching this book, [I’d] be promoting an LGBTQ ‘agenda,’” Petro- Roy, 37, says. So she didn’t go to Texas after all.

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