I’m Finally Reading the LGBTQ+ Books I Denied Myself as a Teen

Do they count as banned books if the censorship was self-imposed?

Graphic art of a library book card that records who checked a book out, with my name slightly obscured by eraser marks.
Graphic art of a library book card that records who checked a book out, with my name slightly obscured by eraser marks.
Graphic by author.
A meme showing “Closeted lesbians and bi ladies” averting their eyes from “Victoria’s Secret Window Displays”.
A meme showing “Closeted lesbians and bi ladies” averting their eyes from “Victoria’s Secret Window Displays”.
What would’ve happened to me if I did look…crumble to a pillar of salt?
Jennifer Garner as Emily Spier in Love, Simon (2018).

Aspiring caretaker of a haunted greenhouse. Copy Editor at The Interlude. Other words in The Knockturnal, Bitch Media, and NYU Local.

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