Amazon no longer sells books framing LGBTQIA identity as mental illness

Amazon is no longer selling books that paint LGBTQIA identities as mental illnesses. This was stated in a letter from the company’s Vice President of Public Policy, Brian Huseman, which was published by The Wall Street Journal. This letter actually responded to an earlier letter by right-wing US republican senators – Marco Rubio of Florida, Mike Lee of Utah, Mike Braun of Indiana, and Josh Hawley of Missouri – who asked Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in February why an anti-transgender book was no longer available on Amazon, Kindle, or Audible. The politicians framed the removal of “When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment” published in 2018 by Ryan T. Anderson, as a free speech issue. In response, Huseman stated that Amazon has “chosen not to sell books that frame LGBTQ+ identity as a mental illness”.