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'Conservative Group Launches "Hide the Pride" to Remove Books From Library Pride Displays' by Danika Ellis

Danika Ellis writes the following for Book Riot:

CatholicVote … has launched a ‘parent-led movement’ called Hide the Pride to ‘empty libraries of LGBTQ content aimed at kids.’ It encourages members of the public to first collect signatures protesting library Pride displays containing children’s books, then to check out all of the books on display. …

Most public libraries use circulation numbers (how many times a book has been checked out) to determine popularity, so this strategy could backfire by suggesting to librarians that these are popular titles that should be kept and may even need more copies on the shelf. …

The increase in challenges and bans of LGBTQ books over the past two years, in public libraries and school libraries, shows a backlash to progress that punishes LGBTQ kids and teens the most. It makes public spaces a less accepting and safe place, it denies them essential resources that can save lives, and rhetoric like this is damaging for queer people of all ages, but especially young queer people, to have to hear.

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