January 21, 2022

Fifty Challenges Filed Against LGBTQ Children’s Books in Rural Texas County

UPDATE July 13, 2015 Coalition of Groups Including and Kids’ Right to Read Project and CBLDF Send Letter to County Commission Defending LGBTQ Children’s Books in Hood County

From the CBLDF:

Over 50 residents of Hood County, Texas have filed formal challenges against two LGBTQ-themed children’s picture books found in the local public library. Library director Courtney Kincaid and an advisory board have already refused to move My Princess Boy and This Day in June out of the children’s section, but the Hood County Commissioners may vote on the matter later this month.

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From WFAA:

Both of the stories feature large, colorful drawings coupled with simple rhymes and sentences. In other public libraries, like Fort Worth, they are shelved in the children’s area.

Kincaid said the challenges were presented to the Hood County Library Advisory Board, and the board voted to keep both copies in the library.

She has agreed to move This Day in June to a non-fiction section because it can be seen as a “teaching tool.”

Hood County Commissioners, who oversee the library, are expected to address the issue at a July meeting — although it isn’t clear if they will simply hear public comment, or actually vote to either keep or remove the books.

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