Author hits back after West Virginia library removes LGBT picture book from shelves

‘Gay adults grew up reading straight romances,’ says writer Daniel Haack after US library withdraws Prince & Knight from shelvesThe author of a rhyming picture book removed from the shelves of a West Virginia library has hit back at protesters, suggesting that anyone concerned the book could “turn someone gay” should remember “all the gay adults who grew up only reading about straight romances”.Prince & Knight by Daniel Haack was pulled from West Virginia’s Upshur County public library earlier this week, according to local press reports, after a local church minister called it “a deliberate attempt to indoctrinate young children, especially boys, into the LGBTQA lifestyle”. The book tells the story of a prince and a knight who fall in love, ending on the lines: “And on the two men’s wedding day, the air filled with cheer and laughter, / for the prince and his shining knight would live happily ever after”. Pastor Josh Layfield told parents that putting the book on library shelves was “an intentional leading of children into sin”.Prince & Knight is meant to be a fun little adventure story to reflect the reality of millions of families not seen in other children’s stories Continue reading... Continue reading at 'The Guardian'

[ The Guardian | 2019-11-20 12:31:16 UTC ]
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