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Book ban stopped.

The Solon, Iowa, school board shut down a few antsy parents who wanted to ban two gay-themed books front the district's eighth-grade curriculum. Am I Blue? deals with a boy's sexual identity; In the Time I Get is a story about a man dying of AIDS who is befriended by a teen.

Parents said the books perpetuated gay stereotypes, but eighth-grade teacher Sue Protheroe argued that the books actually promote tolerance.

"If your goal is to take your personal views and instill them in your children and also force them on all children, then the road to the state school board is open to you in Des Moines," said board member Ben Pardini.
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Title Annotation:Education; The Solon; gay themed books
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1U4IA
Date:Dec 21, 2004
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