Oklahoma LGBT activists are calling into question a local library policy that limits the placement of LGBT-themed books to a section that holds books on sensitive topics such as drug use, incarceration and sexual abuse.
The Metropolitan Library System in Oklahoma [Oklahoma City Metro Area] shelves popular LGBT themed books like Heather Has Two Mommies and King and King in its “family talk” section. The section is named as such because of the parental discretion required for a child’s access, something reinforced by the height of the shelves. The policy is over a decade old. In 2006 library officials reached a compromise with local politicians, library commission members and parents who were concerned about the availability of LGBT-themed books for their children. Rather than remove the books from the library completely, as was requested, it was agreed the books would be kept in the special section. Two years later, a library commission member amended the policy to ensure the section remains at least 5 feet from the ground.
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