Smithtown Library Board Rescinds Ban on LGBTQ-Related Books and Exhibits From Children’s Sections

SMITHTOWN, Long Island (WABC) — A Long Island library board reversed its decision to ban all pride-related books and displays from its children’s sections after being hit by a swift backlash.

The Smithtown Library Board held an emergency meeting Thursday night to discuss the new ban, which resulted in an overturn with a 4-2 vote.

“Earlier tonight, the Smithtown Library Board rescinded our earlier decision to remove Pride displays from the children’s room of our library,” the Smithtown Library Board said in a statement. communicated. “The majority of the board agrees that our prior decision was made without the time, care or due diligence that a decision of this type deserves and that it was the wrong decision.”

The board originally voted 4-2 in favor of the ban on Tuesday.

It was quickly derided by LGBTQ activists and politicians.

Among them was New York Governor Kathy Hochul, who tweeted “Our public spaces should be accepting of our young people – not rejecting them.”

Nassau County Legislator Arnold Drucker also condemned the vote.

“Earlier this year, when Florida was imposing destructive ‘Don’t Say Gay’ laws through its state legislature, I lamented that this nationally coordinated assault on the LGBTQ+ community may soon be upon us. right on our doorstep,” Drucker said.

New York LGBT Network President and CEO Dr. David Kilmnick called the ban an act of hate.

“The actions of the Smithtown Library Board were nothing more than hate. There’s no reason and it doesn’t matter that it’s just Pride Month. Pride Month just does that. add insult to injury, that they have banned these displays, but remove what is a symbol of love what is a symbol of our different families? pride, and what a symbol that will save lives is really, really cruel,” Kilmnick said.

The NYC Pride March special, co-hosted by Angelica Ross with WABC’s Ken Rosato, Lauren Glassberg and Sam Champion, will return for its sixth consecutive year on ABC 7 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 26 also on , ABC News Live and ABC7 New York connected TV apps on Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV and Roku streaming platforms.


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