A Parent’s Guide to Preventing Homosexuality
Submitter: I found this oldie when I was helping a patron prepare for a high school presentation on queer issues. I was embarrassed that we not only own this but that it last circulated in August of last year (2018). We’re a mid-sized public library in a fairly liberal state that already banned conversion therapy. Luckily, we have a lot of other, better, newer resources to balance this one out, but this submission is going to the “can we please weed this” pile.
Holly: An “Opposing Viewpoints” or “Points of View” type of book on this topic would be better because it explains both sides of the issue. It isn’t as easy as simply weeding it because we don’t like the message in the book. We don’t get to decide what’s right and wrong for our patrons; we only provide them with the information they request, without comment or judgement. (Ok, we definitely judge because we’re human…but we do NOT comment or act on that judgment!) On the other hand, we weed books all the time that are harmful because of racism, ageism, sexism, etc. Shouldn’t we also put homophobia in that category? Submitter explains that their library is in a state that has banned conversion therapy, so this book is no longer relevant in their community due to that legality.