Sunday, August 9, 2009

American Library Association Asked to Condemn Banning of Ex-Gay Books

News Advisory:  August 10, 2009

Contact:  Regina Griggs, Executive Director, Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX), 804-453-4737, PFOX@pfox.org    

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

American Library Association Asked to Condemn Banning of Ex-Gay Books

 

West Bend, WI – Despite public opposition, the West Bend Community Memorial Library continues to stock gay books for children and teens while neglecting books by ex-gay authors. 

 

Many of the gay books promote homosexual behavior to youth and are the subject of protests by concerned parents, whose request to have the books moved to the adult section were denied. 

 

“Our requests that the Library balance some of its homosexual material for children with material written by ex-gays or with a heterosexual slant have been ignored,” said Regina Griggs, executive director of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX). 

 

“Apparently, the West Bend Community Memorial Library is not interested in diversity,” said Griggs.  “We urge Michael Tyree, the library’s director, to be inclusive of the ex-gay community and accept our donation of ex-gay books.  According to its own policy, the Library has a ‘professional responsibility to be inclusive, not exclusive, in developing collections.’”

 

“For a library to provide children’s books which promote homosexuality while denying ex-gay books smacks of censorship and indoctrination of youth with a one-sided ideology,” said Griggs.  

 

“It is also contrary to the American Library Association’s policy against book banning and censorship in any form,” said Griggs.  “We call upon Deborah Caldwell-Stone, acting director of the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom, to publicly condemn the censoring of ex-gay books in any community.  Public libraries should be for everyone.” 

 

Visit http://pfox.org/about_us.html for information about the ex-gay community.

 

Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX) promotes an inclusive environment for the ex-gay community, and educates youth with factual information about same-sex attractions.   

 

More on this story is available at the CNN web site at http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/07/22/wisconsin.book.row/index.html

 

 

2 comments:

  1. Pleas provide a listing of the books you wish to have stocked.

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  2. This censorship is widespread. It is not a matter of burning books that are not agreed with, it is about having a balance off information on the subject.

    Please visit www.endcensorship.com

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