(the list is quite longer than I had expected!)
Those laws are bad, and worse, the ones applying them only know that they mean “Don’t Say Gay”.
Thus anything with the word “gay” in it must be eradicated.
First, I have fond memories of reading this book to my kiddos when they were little. It’s a very cute book.
Including the famous runner Tyson Homosexual Gay.
Also wrt. @Brainspore:
If the library staff had backbone they would laugh at this nonsense and the people who produce stupid lists like this. That’s a smoking pistol. It’s not good enough. WHY is this book inappropriate? Explain, in not less than 500 words. And don’t use the same word 500 times.
I know there are other forces at work, dammit. Don’t kill me. I’m ranting.
And that doesn’t include people with the first or middle name Gay, like the actress Marcia Gay Harden or the basketball player Elgin Gay Baylor.
In fact, it should underscore it. Fascists have no problem imposing ridiculous rules, as it only demonstrates their power.
while i do understand the sentiment, how is it anymore laughable than the idea that a book could be rejected because the author or characters are gay?
at least a person can change their name. a person can’t change their sexual orientation
Author Roxane Gay is surely frowning in their direction.
It really shows how dishonest the proponents of these laws are. They claim they’re removing pornography, but then they turn around and redefine “sexually explicit” to mean… well, not that.
The Republicans got all bent out of shape when people started calling them the “don’t say gay” laws, claiming that was a gross misrepresentation of what they were. Turns out it was not only accurate, it was literally true.
Ready, Fire!, Aim
Yeah, but name aside the bigots probably still want to ban her
These folks must be a barrel of laughs as Christmas carol time. “Don’t you be donning that gay apparel, you hear?!?!?!?”
Oh they do, but only any history lessons that portray it as a less than righteous action. It’s a mystery how the Little Boy got to Hiroshima, of course.
We do. However our policies as a public institution still require us to take challenges seriously, even if they’re from idiots. You’d be hard pressed to find a library that doesn’t have a book challenge process already in place. Your description of what’s required for a patron to issue a challenge isn’t that far off, actually. There’s not a word count for the “essay” portion, but if you challenge something in our collection, you’re going to have to get into some specifics about it. You’re also going to have to at least live in our district, although I’d rather the requirement be that you also hold a library card with us.
I don it every morning when I get dressed and twice on Saturday when I change clothes to go to the dungeon. They can just get over it! (Ok, to be fair, it’s not “gay” apparel, it’s queer apparel. )
I hope these assholes heads explode when they figure out how to pronounce Neil Gaiman