Singapore library to destroy LGBT-friendly children’s books
The National Library Board of Singapore has removed three books from the Singapore Public Library – And Tango Makes Three, The White Swan Express: A Story About Adoption, and Who's In My Family: All About Our Families, following a complaint from an anti-gay rights activist.
The NLB has confirmed the books will be destroyed.
The books were removed from shelves following a single complaint from Teo Kai Loon, a homophobic activist and member of action group – We Are Against Pink Dot (Singapore’s annual Pride parade).
The library has suggested the picture books were not age appropriate and advised Teo they would be removing them from shelves and destroying them.
Teo posted the NLB’s reply on his Facebook page.
In their response the NLB emphasised that it “takes a strong pro-family stand in selecting books for children” and “when library visitors like yourself [Teo] highlight to us any conflicting content within books, we review such books thoroughly and withdraw them from circulation”.
The response was signed by Tay Ai Cheng, the assistant chief executive and chief librarian of the NLB.