Singapore plans to destroy copies of three gay-themed children's books

By Vincent Lia,
Singapore information minster supports controversial decision

The National Library Board in Singapore has agreed to destroy all copies of three children's books containing gay themes after receiving complaints that it violated the city-state's values.

Yaacob Ibrahim, the state's information minster, backed the call for Singapore's 26 public libraries to "pulp" all copies of the books, as well as two others.

The one book at the center of the controversy is And Tango Makes Three, which tells the tale of two male penguins in the Central Park Zoo bringing up a baby chick, according to the The Guardian.

The other two books cover similar ground. One, The White Swan Express: A Story About Adoption, is about a lesbian couple adopting, and the other, Who's In My Family: All About Our Families delves into what Ibrahim describes as "alternative, non-traditional families." Ibrahim also expressed the desire for the NLB to reflect the current standing values of its country.

Homosexuality and gay rights, like in many places around the world, is currently a hot-button issue in Singapore. Last month, a record 26,000 Singaporeans attended an annual gay rights rally, according to AFP.



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