When Santana Pilar Andrews was asked to read at Lafayette, Louisiana's first-ever Drag Queen Story Time, he thought it would be an excellent opportunity to teach children to accept people for who they are. But many in Lafayette didn't agree. They feared the Drag Queens had a "secret agenda" and tried to stop the event from happening.
Before a jury convicted Alfonzo Tucker of a felony, he had never voted in an election. Then, while incarcerated, he read books about civil rights leaders who lost their lives fighting for the rights of African American's to vote and became inspired. When he was released, he tried to register to vote, but Alabama refused to let him. Alfonzo became one of the 6.1 million disenfranchised ex-felons.
John Palmer bought a Christmas gift for his wife Jen from KlearGear.com, but the gifts never arrived. So the Palmers left the company a bad review. KlearGear then fined them $3,500. That's how everything started.
Cincinnati prided itself on being a clean town that's free of pornography and vice, but in 1990, a museum tried to exhibit a collection of Robert Mapplethorpe photographs depicting homoerotic S&M. The city wanted to stop them.
Riviera Beach sought to use eminent domain to take away 5,500 people's homes. Fane Lozman tried to stop them.
Bleeped is a new podcast about censorship and the people who stand up to it. Each episode relives a time someone was censored, examines how they stood up to it, and explores what the things we try to censor reveal about our culture. We’ll release the first episode on June 18th.