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When you enter Fabulosa Books in San Francisco’s Castro District, you are immediately greeted by the so-called “Big Gay Wall.”

“I saw people’s jaws drop when they first saw this wall,” said Becka Robbins, the bookstore’s events manager.

It was those shelves crowded with LGBTQ books that recently gave her a novel idea, she said.

After witnessing LGBTQ books being banned in state after state, Robbins decided to turn censorship on its head and ship many of these titles to conservative areas for free.

“I can't go to these meetings. I can't pass laws. What I can do is send books,” she said.

A recent report from the American Library Association shows that nearly half of the 4,240 books censored last year were LGBTQ books.

Their program, called Books Not Bans, allows customers to purchase and ship books to dozens of queer organizations in places like Oklahoma, South Carolina and Florida, with each box valued at about $400.

Her books have been a godsend to people like Patton Furman, the principal and superintendent of Magic City Acceptance Academy, the only LGBTQ-friendly school in Alabama.

“Receiving books is a way to experience love and acceptance and to feel complete, like I’m part of something bigger than myself,” she said.

Today, Robbins' grassroots campaign, which ironically operates out of the closet, is receiving worldwide recognition.

During her visit from London, Catherine Hennigan made it a point to stop by the store.

“When I was in school there were no books about LGBT, but it is so important that there are some.”

Robbins wants to make sure that these books – not the people who ban them – have the final say.

“If you can’t imagine a better world, you can’t build it,” she said.

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