The National Education Association is the largest teachers union in the U.S., and it has surprised many with its summer reading list.
On Monday, the association recommended teachers include “Gender Queer” in their reading this summer. The controversial book was featured in the association’s “Great Summer Reads for Educators!” list which had 11 books.
“Gender Queer” by Maia Kobabe, who uses “e/em/eir” pronouns, is a graphic novel that “is a useful and touching guide on gender identity,” according to Simon & Schuster’s website. The publisher’s website noted that the book “started as a way to explain to eir family what it means to be nonbinary and asexual.”
According to Fox News, “Gender Queer” has riled up controversy among parents for being included in school libraries and curriculum. The book reportedly includes “depictions and descriptions of oral sex as well as discussions on masturbation.” In past interviews, the author has reportedly defended the explicit content depicted in the book.