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Revolutionary Voices Might Be Banned From New Jersey Libraries, But Not the Town Square

If the intent of Glenn Beck’s 9.12 Project was to make Revolutionary Voices, the gay-themed anthology for teens, disappear, they they’ll be saddened to hear supporters of not giving young people fewer things to read will be reading aloud from the tome this weekend.

First banned from a school library and now removed from an entire New Jersey county over some clip art, Revolutionary Voices is sure to incense the locals. There might be some naughty and graphic words used!

Brandon Monokian, a 23-year-old actor-director from Passaic County, formed the group [Revolutionary Readings] after the book was ordered removed in May from the library at Rancocas Valley Regional High School in Mount Holly. That decision followed a citizen’s complaint over the book’s sexual content. “Revolutionary Voices,” which won an award when it was published in 1990, also was removed this spring from the Burlington County Library.

“This book is a valuable resource to youths who might have questions about their lives, and the fact that a small group of people could have it banned is upsetting,” said Monokian, a Lumberton native and a 2005 graduate of Rancocas Valley. He said his group, Revolutionary Readings, wants to keep the book’s message before the public. “It’s a hard book to come across, and I wanted people to actually hear the words,” said Monokian, whose group previously has performed in North Jersey and New York.

The first-person accounts “already read like theater pieces,” said Victoria Fear, 22, a Pitman native who is to read at Sunday’s hourlong show. “We just knew hearing these words out loud would be effective,” said Fear, who now lives in Sea Isle City. Some of those words are sexually explicit, Monokian allowed. “There are some things that make you uncomfortable, but they should also make you think,” he said.

Yeah, thinking about SEX!