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Pride month, women’s history book displays removed from library system

Book displays that focus on particular segments of the population, such as those for Pride Month and Women’s History Month, have been removed from a Louisiana library system, according to The Acadiana Lawyer.

The move was an administrative decision by Danny Gillane, director of the Lafayette Public Library System, located in Lafayette, Louisiana. Gillane says the decision took effect last Thursday, May 26.

In an interview with NewsweekGillane said he “did not ban Pride Month displays”, but made a “conscious decision after discussing the matter internally to remove the policy from our displays”.

He went on to say that “I will not allow displays that focus on one section of the population – it’s all or nothing.”

Wednesday, June 1 kicks off Pride Month, which is a celebration of the LGBTQ+ community, particularly their quest for equal justice under the law and equal rights. Cities around the world will hold parades and festivals during the month. The celebrations are meant to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in New York City.

A library director in Louisiana said he wouldn’t allow book displays in his library that focus on one segment of the population. Above, a library in Seattle is pictured in January 2015.
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However, Matthew Humphrey, the president of the Lafayette chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), said The Acadiana Lawyer that he disagrees with the library’s decision not to allow book displays geared towards a segment of the population.

Humphrey called Gillane’s decision “viewpoint discrimination” and said “the refusal to represent a minority community at the public library will not go unaddressed. We are not afraid to sue.”

Instead of the library system’s book displays focusing on one segment of the population, Gillane sent an email to managers in which he said he wanted the displays to focus on the library’s summer reading program. system.

Gillan added that no books have been banned or removed from the library system.

“No book has left the shelves of this library. No one has been able to remove anything from the collection. No one has made me remove anything from the collection. But everything is a fight, and I am not fighting I’m just running a library,” he said.

He also added that “no book is behind closed doors, no book is behind locked cupboards, no book is behind a shelf and you must ask permission to see it. If you can find it in our catalog, you can find it in our library.”

Gillane said he did not know how long the administrative decision regarding the book displays would last.

Newsweek contacted PFLAG Lafayette for comment.