Thursday, September 11, 2008

PFLAGer's Book Targeted by Palin

According to press reports, Pastor, I Am Gay, by former PFLAG regional director Reverend Howard Bess, was among the books that Alaska Governor Sarah Palin may have tried to ban from public libraries. Both ABC News and Bent Alaska are reporting that the book, about religious communities struggling to welcome LGBT people, was one of the titles targeted in Alaska.

"In Dec. 1996, reporter Paul Stuart wrote an article about the censorship controversy in the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman," Bent Alaska reports.

"[Library director] Mary Ellen Emmons told me that Palin asked her directly to remove these books from the shelves," Stuart said. "She refused." Asked later if one of the books could have been Pastor, I am Gay, Stuart said that it was.

Brian Ross also filed this ABC News report about the book:

For more convereage, visit Bent Alaska online.

Update: Reporter Eric Resnick has more coverage of the book story in Friday's Gay People's Chronicle.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Guys, you really have this story wrong. Go to the original source at PolitiFact and you'll see that your version doesn't agree with the original.

They concluded just the opposite of what you say.