Pink has partnered with PENAmerica to advocate for LGBTQ+ and free speech rights in Florida.
Earlier this week, during Pink’s TRUSTFALLTour in Miami and Sunrise, Florida, she gave her first 1,000 fans new copies of the frequently banned books, courtesy of the partnership with PEN America.
Pink has selected books addressing racial and sexual identity themes for the giveaway, including titles like Todd Parr’s picture book “The Family Book,” a Girls Who Code series book for middle-aged readers, Toni Morrison’s novel “Beloved,” and Amanda Gorman’s poetry book “The Hill We Climb.”
The Pop star’s partnership coincides with Florida’s recent laws limiting free speech in education. The Individual Freedom Act, passed in July 2022, restricts teaching about systemic racism, while Governor Ron DeSantis signed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill last year, aiming to limit LGBTQ+ topic discussions in schools.
According to PEN America, Florida is the leading state for banned books in public school classrooms and libraries, representing over 40% of all banned books nationwide.
Pink explained her motive for distributing banned books through a press release, sharing her reasons for utilizing her platform in this manner.
“Books have held a special joy for me from the time I was a child, and that’s why I am unwilling to stand by and watch while books are banned by schools,” the recording artist said.
“It’s especially hateful to see authorities take aim at books about race and racism and against LGBTQ authors and those of color. We have made so many strides toward equality in this country, and no one should want to see this progress reversed. This is why I am supporting PEN America in its work and why I agree with them: no more banned books.”