Laurin Mayeno is author of a banned children's book. Laurin grew up in a mixed-race environment with no books to help her understand her mixed-race identity. As a mother, she felt doubly devastated when her nonbinary queer child had no resources to help them affirm who they were. Watching her child struggle with loneliness and isolation and being mistreated by other children and adults, Laurin wrote a story about a little boy wanting to dress up on Halloween as a princess. Shortly after "One of a Kind Like Me/Único como yo," was on bookshelves and gaining popularity, it made the front page in Columbus County, North Carolina when the local newspaper reported the book was being banned by the school district for being age-inappropriate.
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