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Singapore Will Not Reverse Decision To Ban Children's Books With Gay Characters

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Singapore’s National Library Board (NLB) has responded to the outcry following its decision last week to ban two books with gay characters.

The two banned books are And Tango Makes Three, inspired by two real male penguins who hatched an egg together, and The White Swan Express, about three straight couples and one lesbian couple who travel to China to adopt baby girls.

A Facebook protest by Jaxe Pan and her daughter, which reads "Dear Minister, single families are REAL, so are adopted families, blended families, gay men and lesbian women. It’s okay that you are not like us, but please do not remove our stories, and pretend we do not exist," has been shared more than 7,000 times.

The Straits Times reports that chief executive Elaine Ng said in an interview with The Sunday Times that she was saddened that several local writers have decided to withdraw from library-related events in protest.

Ng continued:

"I understand that this is an issue that people feel strongly about but please, please also look to all the good things NLB has done over the years.  NLB has done a lot over many years to build trust in the community and we want to continue working hard to build that trust and see what we can do to reclaim the trust of those who feel disappointed in us."

However, the NLB will not reverse its decision on the ban.  Nor will the books be resold or donated because of concerns that they might be unsuitable for children.

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  1. "I understand that this is an issue that people feel strongly about but please, please also look to all the good things NLB has done over the years."

    Irrelevant.

    "NLB has done a lot over many years to build trust in the community"

    Trust which you now betray in the most offensive way possible

    "... and we want to continue working hard to build that trust and see what we can do to reclaim the trust of those who feel disappointed in us."

    How about treating people with equal dignity and respect under the civil law?

    Seriously, people get so hurt and surprised when you call them out on their bigotry. I'll never quite understand it.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Jul 14, 2014 1:28:09 PM


  2. The books won't be resold or donated. So, they'll be burned? A library that burns books? Good job, Singapore!

    Posted by: Merv | Jul 14, 2014 2:15:17 PM


  3. Singapore, wants to be part of the "with it" West, part of the acceptable world the problem is under behind the high salaries, professional degrees, business focused culture its just a standard dictatorship, autocracy, where there are no real rights, no democracy, no input in decisions, where high paid people work like slaves and have no rights just like slaves. Sure the master is better than most, makes better decisions but when it comes down to it, he is just a Master and you are just a well paid slave in Singapore. This is what UAE, China, and much of SE Asia aspire to... I wish them all a wonderful democratic revolution a la the French circa 1700s.

    Posted by: oh my | Jul 14, 2014 9:51:41 PM


  4. It's Sapiens to be Homo.

    Posted by: MickyFlip | Jul 14, 2014 10:47:26 PM


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