Amazon will remove books that portray LGBTQ identities as mental illnesses, the retail giant explained in a letter to Republican senators. Last month, Sens. Marco Rubio (Fla.), Mike Lee (Utah), Josh Hawley (Mo.), and Mike Braun (Ind.) sent a letter to Amazon questioning its decision to remove the book “When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment” from its platforms.
- The book was written by conservative scholar Ryan T. Anderson and published in 2018. It explores different issues such as gender identity.
- Anderson said Amazon was "seeking to shut down" the debate "about how best to treat patients who experience gender dysphoria."
- In the letter, the four Republican senators accused Amazon of censoring conservatives, a claim that was denied by the e-commerce giant.
- Amazon confirmed it has changed its content guidelines for books since 2018, but wouldn't provide further details.
- Amazon is the largest book retailer in the U.S., controlling 53% of the market and making up 83% stake of all e-book sales.