Library Rights Upheld in Key West
Refuge at rainbow's end: Hillsborough County (FL) gays and lesbians, shunned at home, are offered a safe haven.A St.Petersburg Times article
relates how Key West and Monroe County commissioners have passed proclamations declaring Aug. 12-14 Hillsborough County Pride in Exile Days. There will be a dramatic re-enactment of the June 15 vote by the Hillsborough commission.... Hillsborough commissioners voted 5-1 last month to abstain from acknowledging, promoting or participating in gay pride recognition and events. The vote came after patrons complained about a gay pride display at West Gate Regional Library highlighting books by gay authors and exploring gay themes.Those who attend the Keys' festival can get a Pride in Exile library card good for discounts at stores, restaurants and other attractions.
N.B. The Florida Library Association has sent a letter of protest to Hillsborough County and is boycotting the county.
Posted by Librarian at 7/30/2005 07:59:00 AM