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China: LGBT children’s books taken off library shelves

26 July 2018
LGBT-themed children’s books have been banished to the closed sections of Hong Kong’s public libraries following pressure from an anti-gay rights group.
Photo: Some of the 10 books moved to closed shelves / Family School SODO Concern Group Facebook

 

Ten LGBT-themed children’s books have been banished to the closed sections of Hong Kong’s public libraries after heavy campaigning by an anti-gay rights group, the South China Morning Post reported on 20 June 2018.

For months, the Family School Sexual Orientation Discrimination Ordinance Concern Group complained to the Home Affairs Bureau about books that promote gay and transgender awareness.

In a Facebook post on 17 June, the group shared an email from the Bureau confirming 10 books would be removed from library shelves after consideration by the Collection Development Meeting that is made up of library professionals.

Library users must now ask staff to see the books, including Mommy, Mama and Me, The Boy in the Dress and Milly, Molly and Different Dads.

The email says the Collection Development Meeting decided seven of the 10 books were neutral and do not promote homosexuality or same-sex marriage. Yet they were still moved to the closed shelves so parents can decide what their children read.

THE 10 BOOKS:

Daddy, Papa, and Me

Mommy, Mama, and Me

And Tango Makes Three

Molly’s Family

The Family Book

Introducing Teddy

The Boy in the Dress

Milly, Molly and Different Dads

Annie on My Mind

Good Moon Rising

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