Sunday, August 6, 2006

A Year in the Life of the Hillsborough Book Display Banning Policy


A Briefing on the 1st Annual unBanned! Book Display Event (June 15, 2006).
A Year in the Life of the Hillsborough Book Display Banning Policy

A study conducted by Shirley Rhodes examines the absence of safe environments for satisfying the educational and recreational needs of the target population, which occurred as a result of a Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners (HCBOC) creation of a discrimination policy issue that banned book displays, gay pride events in public areas, and reportedly has become a political platform to remove the rights of gay foster parents and other related equal rights concerns. Documented responses from the opposing library and educators in the community, and other advocates that dispute the ban/censorship on the displayed award-winning books with GLBTQ themes, continue as selected books in libraries, media centers, and schools are challenged. These issues are explored, including the counter-responses from the supportive advocates.

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