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Right-wing conservatives have a fight on their hands in Missouri after two students filed a class action lawsuit to get LGBTQ books back in their libraries. After trying for three years, two-time Olympic gold medalist Nicola Adams and her girlfriend Ella Baig are expecting their first child. We salute Emmy-award winning Marlon Riggs in our Black History Month spotlight.
Our leading story for today is about a couple of students in Missouri who decided to fight back. The two students, who are not being identified, have filed a class-action lawsuit against the Wentzville School District with the help of the ACLU Missouri for banning books that talk about LGBTQ identities and race. I’ve been reporting about the school boards across the country who have been actively banning LGBTQ books basically because they’re homophobic. Well it appears these students aren’t having it. The complaint names eight critically acclaimed books the district has removed from school libraries including LGBTQ stories like Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic and George M. Johnson’s All Boys Aren’t Blue. This school district is also banning other books like Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg’s Modern Romance. The ACLU says the only reason these books are being banned is because the school board has a “dislike of the ideas contained in the Banned Books and with the intent and purpose to prescribe what is generally or traditionally accepted as right or true in matters of opinion.” The ACLU is banking on the first amendment to combat what’s happening. This is the first lawsuit any affiliate of the ACLU has taken on to challenge the wave of book banning campaigns right-wing conservatives have been pushing. My hope is that it’s not the last and that the students who had the courage to file this complaint get to see this wrong overturned. If they are, maybe it will give other states the precedence they need to fight as well.
We want to send a big congratulations out to Olympic champ Nicola Adams and her girlfriend Ella Baig on expecting their first child. You may know Nicola because she’s known for breaking all types of glass ceilings as an out female athlete. She was the first out LGBT person to win a Gold medal at the 2012 Olympics. She was also the first female boxer to win an Olympic gold medal after she played a key role in having the sport recognized at the Olympic games. She retired with an undefeated record too. Well her and her girlfriend have been trying to start a family for three years and the magic has finally happened. Nicola shared this on twitter, “We’re so excited to announce that our family is expanding 🤍🕊 After what feels like a lifetime, we can finally say we’re going to be parents! We’re so excited to share this magical journey with you all,the ups,the downs everything in between💫 Welcome to the world little one 🪐” Congratulations again y’all.
We’re so excited to announce that our family is expanding 🤍🕊— Nicola Adams (@NicolaAdamsOBE) February 17, 2022
After what feels like a lifetime, we can finally say we’re going to be parents!
We’re so excited to share this magical journey with you all,the ups,the downs everything in between💫
Welcome to the world little one 🪐 pic.twitter.com/BTLesRX12L