Last month, Bleeding Cool reported on the cancellation two hours ahead of a public library event in Leander, Texas with comics creator Lilah Sturges in regard to her work on the Lumberjanes comic book. And how the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund was objecting to the cancellation, believed to be as a result of Sturges being a trans creator.
Today, the Leander, Texas City Council will meet to discuss the proposed changes to Public Library Programming Policy that led to the original cancellation. The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and the National Coalition Against Censorship have issued a statement to urge the city council to restore Lilah Surges' planned Lumberjanes
At the time, reasons given include a previous LGBT Pride event at the library that some people objected to, miscommunication between management and staff and a background check that Sturges wasn't informed about and that other speakers weren't subject to. And other events with speakers of different backgrounds and with different audiences went ahead without issue.
The statement from Kids' Right to Read Project states that 'this capricious application of expanded restrictions strongly suggests a bias against Sturges's gender identity and a gross violation of First Amendment principles.'
In response, Councilwoman Christine Sederquist of Leander has called for accountability at the previous city council meeting, demanding to know who put these changes into effect without a vote. She received no response and so took to Twitter to call for #JusticeForLilah.
Those in the Leander/Austin area are invited to attend the event today, it is open to the public. Others who wish to let their voice be known to demand a rescheduling of the original event can email citycouncil@
Let's see how they are looking… and we begin with a certain special someone.
— Raina Telgemeier (@goraina) July 26, 2019
— Cinerina: Eiron the side of caution (@cinerina) August 15, 2019
@CityofLeander As a young LGBT creator raised in Leander I am deeply disappointed. Leander's bright young minds deserve to be in step with the progressive future approaching! Please reconsider and reschedule @lilah_sturges for #LeanderLumberjanes! #JusticeForLilah
— ari!!! (@ariohsix) July 26, 2019
— Gregory Paul Silber (@GregSilber) July 26, 2019
Support for @lilah_sturges who has been unfairly targeted by a skiving, putrescent popinjay because she writes books for both children and adults -oh, and happens to be queer. @CityofLeander should be ashamed for cancelling on her. #JusticeForLilah
— Sam Chupp (@sambearpoet) July 27, 2019
— Jacqueline Buckingham (@JacquelineUSA) August 14, 2019
— helgaleena (@helgaleena) August 15, 2019
— Sam Rose (@SamRRose) August 14, 2019