New Jersey Public Library Bans LGBT Book For Teens ***Editor's Correction***

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New Jersey Public Library Bans LGBT Book For Teens ***Editor's Correction***

All public libraries in New Jersey have pulled "Revolutionary Voices: A multicultural Queer Youth Anthology," after complaints from Glen Beck's 9.12 Project members.

The book is an anothology created by and for radical queer youth, committed specifically to youth of color, young women, transgender and bisexual youth, (dis)abled youth, and poor/working class youth. It was published in 2000 by Alyson Publications and was a finalist in two categories for a Lambda Literary Award. (wikkipedia)

Beck's supporters called the book child pornography, pervasively vulgar, obscene, and inappropriate. 

Librarians in the state responded quickly to the complaints, ordering all copies of the book to be taken out of circulation. One of the mothers who complained about the book in the libraries said she wasn't homophobic but wanted to take her country back.

What recourse does the rest of the public have with this decision by the New Jersey Public Library system? Any librarians out there care to weigh in?

Editor's Correction

The article that I posted had inaccuracies within it and I wanted to apologize and correct the miss information I posted for Velvetpark readers.

The fact is out of all the libraries in New Jersey only two of them removed the publication from it's shelves after complaints by a Beverly Marinelli a member of Glen Beck's youth organization 9/12 Project.

The story hit the news wire because of the actions of the ACLU-NJ who obtained email correspondences and meetings between Marinelli and Gail Sweet, the library director. After their meeting Sweet met with her superiors to discuss the removal of the book from Burlington library and Rancocas Valley Regional High School library. Later that month the book was removed from the shelves.

New Jersey Library Association President, Patrica Tumuly in a statement said the libraries are committed to having a diverse selection and do no discriminate against unpopular or controversial ideas.



Comments [4]

minniesota's picture

I think the facts need to be double checked

I think we need to double-check the facts for this story. This is the article that ran in the School Library Journal online site on July 27, 2010:

http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/slj/home/886066-312/nj_library_citin...

 

Still searching for the right brainy quote.

cait.rch's picture

One county's accounted for

I just called my library and thankfully they've yet to hear about this directive.  I thanked them for having the book in the first place and also thanked them "in advance" for keeping it on the shelf.

On another note, I've heard that the average American reads one book a year...

Tex's picture

one book a year....

and at a middle school reading level! Sad.....

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Truthbetold's picture

That's not true

ONE public library (Burlington County) removed the book and it was in the same county in which a school board had deemed the book inappropriate for high school students.