George M. Johnson’s debut memoir, All Boys Aren’t Blue, set out to tackle the subject of what it’s like to grow up Black and queer in America. The book, Johnson told Yahoo News, started out with the goal of giving others the tools to help navigate the world.
As they wrote it, however, Johnson, who uses the pronouns they/them, found that it evolved into a love letter to their former self. The result was a work that resonated with audiences and critics, going on to become an Indie Bestseller, a People Magazine Best Book of the Summer, and a New York Times bestseller.
But with that acclaim came controversy, and eventually All Boys Aren’t Blue became one of the most-banned books in America.
A collection of coming-of-age essays written from the perspective of a young Black queer person, the book has been banned by at least nine school districts across five U.S. states, according to data compiled …