Singapore minister backs decision to destroy books featuring gay and lesbian lifestyle
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The decision triggered an online petition and an open letter to spare the books with thousands of signatures collected. Some are calling for a boycott of the libraries and their events.
"The prevailing norms, which the overwhelming majority of Singaporeans accept, support teaching children about conventional families, but not about alternative, non traditional families, which is what the books in question are about," Minister of Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim said Friday.
It was not clear how and when the books will be destroyed.
The books are "And Tango Makes Three," about a male male penguin couple in the Central Park Zoo; "The White Swan Express: A Story About Adoption," which involves a lesbian couple; and "Who's In My Family: All About Our Families."
"I see no evidence of a significant segment of Singapore society objecting to these books being in our public libraries, even if the majority of Singaporeans are conservative," Low said.
SINGAPORE A children's book inspired by a real life story of two male penguins raising a baby chick in New York's zoo has been deemed inappropriate by state run Singapore libraries, and the conservative city state's information minister said he supports the decision to destroy all copies alongside two other titles.
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The National Library Board, which runs 26 public libraries in Singapore, pulled from the shelves and said it would "pulp" the copies of three titles, citing complaints their content goes against Singapore's family values.
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