January 20, 2021

Report: “Hong Kong Public Libraries’ Decision to Hide Children’s Books with LGBT Content Challenged in Hong Kong Court”

From the South China Morning Post:

A gay social activist has asked the courts to review the Hong Kong Public Libraries’ decision to hide 10 children’s books featuring same-sex parents and other LGBT themes from public view.

Lee Tak-hung’s judicial review application sought court orders quashing what he described as illegal and unconstitutional decisions.

And it came as anti-gay activists doubled down on their efforts, calling on organisers of the city’s annual book fair to similarly hide the books away.

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Among the titles which have been moved to closed-stack sections and are now only available on request is the critically acclaimed And Tango Makes Three, a story about two male penguins falling in love and building a family together with the help of a zookeeper.

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See Also: And Tango Makes Three Among 10 Children’s Books with LGBT Themes Taken Off the Shelves in Public Libraries by Hong Kong Government (via South China Morning Post)

See Also: Hong Kong Equality Watchdog Questions Removal Of LGBTQ-Themed Library Books As Backlash Grows (June 21, 2018; via Hong Kong Free Press)

See Also: Children’s books with LGBTQ themes disappear from shelves at Hong Kong libraries amid pressure from anti-gay group (June 20, 2018; via Hong Kong Free Press)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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