Long Island Library Removes Pride Books From Children’s Section

A shelf holding LGBTQ themed books in a library
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A public library on Long Island has voted to remove “all Pride displays” as well as all books related to LGBTQ Pride from its children’s sections.

From the New York Daily News:

The Smithtown Library Board of Trustees voted 4-2 Tuesday to ban any and all displays related to LGBTQ Pride from kids’ areas at Smithtown Library buildings, a move that was met with fierce backlash and call for action by advocates.

Library officials didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on the ban, but library director Robert Lusak told Newsday that at least 29 books are affected by the ban. They include a history of the AIDS Memorial Quilt and picture books like “Pink is for Boys” and “Pride Puppy.”

Governor Kathy Hochul tweeted that “our public spaces should be accepting our young people — not rejecting them,” reminding all LGBTQ New Yorkers that the state supports and welcomes them.