More than half of the most challenged books in 2023 contained LGBTQ themes or characters, the American Library Association announced Monday in its annual list of most targeted titles.

Kicking off National Library Week, an observance co-sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April, the leading librarian group revealed its 10 most challenged titles of 2023. Among the 10 books, seven titles on the list were challenged for its LGBTQ content.

“In looking at the titles of the most challenged books from last year, it’s obvious that the pressure groups are targeting books about LGBTQIA+ people and people of color,” ALA President Emily Drabinski said in a statement. “At ALA, we are fighting for the freedom to choose what you want to read. Shining a light on the harmful workings of these pressure groups is one of the actions we must take to protect our right to read.”

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