Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2018-09-19
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

West Chicago library votes to keep LGBT book
by Matt Simonette
2017-08-29

facebook twitter google +1 reddit email


The West Chicago Public Library Board of Trustees voted 6-1 Aug. 28 to retain the children's book This Day in June—both in the library and in its current location—after some patrons asked that the book be removed.

Numerous community members attended the meeting, a video of which was posted to Facebook by the journalism collective Truth Against the Machine, to call for retaining the book, both at the library and in its children's collection. This Day in June, published in 2014, is a picture book depicting an LGBT Pride celebration.

At the meeting, Michaela Jaros, the parent who said she filed the initial complaint, said during public comments that the book was too readily available to her toddler-aged children.

"The library is failing to respect a wide range of opinions of styles of child-rearing," Jaros said. "… My trust is lost in West Chicago Public Library to respect my personal discretion in choosing when and how I introduce these controversial topics to my children."

But another parent later challenged that idea, noting, "If your kids are small, you should be with them as a parent, picking out their books. I did it with my kids."

Daniel Lopez, who said they are transgender in the public comments, later added, "I'm a transgender person, and I will say one thing: This book is showing acceptance. This book is not anything having to do with sexual content. If you're seeing that, you're seeing it through your own eyes. … Our LGBT 'agenda' is to be treated as equally as everybody else."

Trustee David Reynolds called the book "beautiful," but suggested that the book should at least be moved from the children's section.

"The library should not be introducing our children to a moral or political point of view," he said.

But other board members emphasized that a vote "for" the book was a vote of confidence in the library director and other staff to whom the board and the community turn for selecting materials that best inform and represent library patrons.

"It's clear tonight that there are many people here tonight who would like to have the opportunity to check that book out, and I don't want to start taking that from parents that would like to have that opportunity," said Trustee Patricia Weninger.

Truth Against the Machine's video is available on its Facebook page: bit.ly/2x0wthY .


facebook twitter google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Book by trans activist Precious Brady-Davis acquired by TOPPLE books, Amazon publishing 2018-08-06 - TOPPLE Books, led by Editor-at-Large Jill Soloway, has acquired world rights for its first two titles. TOPPLE Books spotlights the voices of women ...


Gay News

Women & Children First Books sets August and fall events 2018-07-30 - Annual Member's Sale Monday July 30 - Sunday August 5 It's time for our Annual Member Sale, when we say THANK ...


Gay News

BOOKS 45 years ago, talking UpStairs tragedy with Robert W. Fieseler 2018-07-18 - On June 24, 1973, an act of arson claimed the lives of 32 people at the UpStairs Lounge, a gay bar in New ...


Gay News

BOOKS Thomas Garguilo talks 'Stonewall Revival,' partner 2018-07-03 - When Thomas Garguilo retired from a 30-year marketing career at Philip Morris, husband Ron Leone encouraged him to try new things. "He knew ...


Gay News

BOOKS Jim Elledge spills 'Fairy Town' secrets at Unabridged 2018-06-27 - Gay history descended upon Lake View's Unabridged Bookstore June 20, when Unabridged employee and local historian Owen Keehnen interviewed Jim Elledge, the author ...


Gay News

BOOKS Roxane Gay talks sexual violence, writing advice in Chicago visit 2018-06-24 - Author Roxane Gay made an appearance at City Winery June 19 to promote her paperback releases of Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape ...


Gay News

BOOKS Rebecca Makkai on 'The Great Believers,'Chicago, Paris and AIDS 2018-06-20 - More than half of The Great Believers takes place in Chicago during the height of the AIDS epidemic. As someone without first hand ...


Gay News

BOOKS New 'Fairy Town' book examines Chicago's pre-WWII gay life 2018-06-18 - Some might think gay history begins in New York with Stonewall, but not Jim Elledge. In his new book, The Boys of Fairy ...


Gay News

Elledge at bookstores June 20, 22 2018-06-12 - Jim Elledge—the author of The Boys of Fairy Town: Sodomites, Female Impersonators, Third Sexers, Pansies, Queers, and Sex Morons in Chicago's First Century—will ...


Gay News

MOMBIAN Two new picture books tell story of the rainbow flag 2018-06-06 - Pride season is here, and so are two new picture books that tell the story of the rainbow flag and the individuals who ...


 



Copyright © 2018 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.