American Library Association Burning Ex-Gay Books, Refusing To Include Them In List of Banned Books!
Ex-Gays Condemn American Library Association's 'Banned Books Week'
Ex-Gay Awareness Month Encourages Virtual Readout to Protest ALA's Censorship
Chicago, IL -- In celebration of Ex-Gay Awareness Month, Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX) and Voice of the Voiceless (VoV) are urging the American Library Association (ALA) to include ex-gay books as part of its "Banned Books Week," September 22-28, when the ALA publicizes unpopular books censored by libraries and schools. ALA has refused to acknowledge the routine banning of ex-gay books in school and community libraries across the United States as a part of their efforts to end censorship.
"Every week is 'Banned Books Week' for the ex-gay community," said Regina Griggs, Executive Director of PFOX. "Books about leaving homosexuality are routinely censored in high schools and community libraries across the United States, while gay-affirming books are readily available for any young person questioning their sexuality."
"Kristin Pekoll, the librarian in charge of young adult books at the West Bend Community Memorial Library in Wisconsin, advocates for children's books with gay themes but refuses to accept our donation of ex-gay books for children. Public libraries are supported by all citizens, and it is appalling that tax dollars are supporting such narrow minded thinking and viewpoint discrimination," said Griggs.