Monday, August 18, 2008

Gay Penguins and Guinea Pigs

First there were controversies over And Tango Makes Three, a children's book featuring the true story of two male penguins who adopt a penguin chick and make a family together. The adorable same-sex penguins ruffled more than a few feathers when a few parents wanted the book banned or restricted because they showed equality in a positive light.

A new controversy has started over another children's book featuring marriage equality. This time, it's Uncle Bobby's Wedding, featuring two same-sex guinea pigs who get married as seen through the eyes of the eponymous guinea pig's niece.

Dana over at Mombian has the scoop. Apparently a parent is upset in Douglas County, Colorado and thinks that children seeing a book depicting marriage equality is "inappropriate." Which begs the question, what about youth who have LGBT parents, LGBT loved ones (like the niece in the story), parents who want their children to have open minds and LGBT youth themselves? Banning books sends a chilling message to anyone who supports equality. Kudos to the director of the library, James LaRue, for insisting that the book stays! You can read his response here.

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