Just days after the Texas Legislature passed legislation that would keep sexually explicit books out of school libraries and classrooms, parents are continuing to find books that are sexually explicit and promote transgender ideology on school library shelves. 

House Bill 900, also known as the READER ACT, would direct the Texas State Library and Archives Commission to adopt standards for school library collections that prohibit harmful, sexually explicit, and other unsuitable materials—which parents are still seeing in their children’s school libraries.

Fort Worth, Dallas, and Houston ISDs have a book available in their libraries called “Let’s Talk About It,” which covers gender, sexuality, and sexting. It also promotes transgender ideology, telling impressionable teens that many people medically change their bodies.

The author, Erika Moen, has written other sexually explicit novels such as “Oh Joy, Sex Toy,” which was originally posted as a weekly comic for sex toy reviews and safer sex practices. Moen also uses her website to promote Planned Parenthood and transgender ideology.

Executive Director Kelly Neidert of Protect Texas Kids, a North Texas nonprofit working to protect children from the left’s indoctrination, said she is concerned that these schools would have these books readily available to children. 

Let’s Talk About It” is one of the most sexually explicit books I’ve seen. There’s clearly no educational value in a book like this, and it’s concerning that so many districts have it available for students. Pornographic books do not belong in schools.” 

Last week, Fort Worth Mayor Mattie Parker released her summer reading challenge, which encouraged students to read LGBTQ+ books. After Parker received multiple complaints from citizens, she directed the library system to remove the pride badge from the reading challenge. 

The READER Act is awaiting Gov. Greg Abbott’s signature and will go into effect in September. 

Emily Medeiros

Emily graduated from the University of Oklahoma majoring in Journalism. She is excited to use her research and writing skills to report on important issues around Texas.