Singapore withdraws gay penguin book from libraries

Good for them! 🙂

Singapore authorities have withdrawn from libraries two children’s books featuring same-sex couples, sparking controversy amid a debate on gay rights in the conservative city-state.

And Tango Makes Three features a pair of gay penguins while The White Swan Express mentions a lesbian couple.

Petitions for the books to be put back have garnered thousands of signatures.

Gay sex is illegal in Singapore, and a recent gay rally drew an unprecedented backlash from religious groups.

The two books were removed earlier this week after a library user wrote into the National Library Board expressing concern about the books’ content.

The library board said in a statement that it takes “a pro-family and cautious approach in identifying titles for our young visitors”, and plans to pulp the books despite vocal opposition.

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