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Brian Kenney on Gay Teens, Speaking Truth to Power

In his editorial, Do the Right Thing, Kenney concludes, “It takes guts to create libraries that support the needs of all our students. It takes even more guts to support collections that may attract fierce opposition. But that just happens to be our job.”

I cannot tell you how many times I have been told that a “compromise” that involves locking up gay-themed books so teens can’t get to them is a “victory” because the library’s core funding hasn’t been decimated. I assume that means that we can write off gay teens and their needs and interests, and that when it comes to library bonds, millages, and other requests for support, we don’t need or want support from gay taxpayers–or those who agree with them that a censored library is no library at all.

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