A library has denied a request from an evangelical to remove a gay book from the children’s section.
Michaela Jaros filed a complaint with West Chicago Public Library after her three-year-old daughter found a book featuring illustrations of a Pride parade.
The book was This Day In June by Gayle E Pittman, which features pictures of LGBTI life and terminology to teach it appropriately to children.
Christians deride children’s book as ‘gay propaganda’
But her husband, Kurt Jaros, asked if the material could be removed or moved out of the children’s section.
‘My wife doesn’t perceive that she should have to be a helicopter parent,’ Jaros said.
‘She feels like the library is not providing a safe place for children to explore children’s books.’
However, it did not go the conservative Christian couple’s way.
Even though it was derided as ‘gay propaganda’ by conservative groups, they quickly found out they were alone in that kind of thinking.
Library keeps gay book in children’s section
More than 150 people had signed up to speak on the matter, where crowds spilled out in the hallway.
The vast majority voted to keep the book, saying including it shows tolerance and diversity.
The board voted 6-1 to keep This Day In June in the children’s section.
Library Director Benjamin Weseloh said the book is primarily made up of colorful drawings of a Pride parade.
‘This is not sexual in any way,’ he said, according to the Chicago Tribune.
‘In my opinion, that’s being read into it.’
And even though the library has just one copy, there has suddenly been a lot more interest. They might even have to order more to keep up with the demand.
On the website of the publisher, Magination Press, the author is quoted as saying: ‘When I wrote this story, I wanted Pride to be featured as realistically as possible.
‘I wanted to see drag queens, guys in leather, rainbows, political signs, the Dykes on Bikes — everything you would see at Pride.
‘There’s something very powerful about allowing something to be portrayed authentically because it teaches children in an indirect way to be as authentic as they can.’