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Ohio Library Under Pressure To Remove Gay Papers

by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff

March 21, 2006 - 9:00 pm ET

(Columbus, Ohio) A public library is no place for gay newspapers a member of the Upper Arlington library board says. Board member Bryce Kurfees wants Outlook Weekly, an Ohio LGBT paper removed.

The paper, and a second LGBT publication - Gay People's Chronicle - were the subject of a similar dispute last summer.

Both papers had been available, along with other newspapers, in the entranceway of the library. After a noisy protest by a conservative community group the gay papers were moved to a tall bookcase near the front desk in a compromise effort aimed at keeping them in the library but out of the hands of children.

Now Kurfees wants Outlook out altogether.

"You’ve got these erotic, pornographic articles and you’ve got an elementary school 100 yards away. It’s not a good combination," Kurfees told the Columbus Dispatch.

Kurfees is one of two new additions to the library board in the suburban Columbus community.

The other new member, Brian Perera, says he too is hearing continued complaints about the papers from residents.

The board appears about equally divided on whether to bar the papers or leave them where they are.

The American Library Association, in a report issued last year, said that attempts to have LGBT themed material removed from library shelves increased by more than 20 percent in 2004 over the previous year.

©365Gay.com 2006


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