Gay Librarian Reads Banned Books with Bullhorn
Kathleen writes "Hillsborough County (Tampa, FL) commissioners without discussion quashed an effort to revisit Gay Pride displays in area libraries. And they did so out of agenda order, while scores who showed up to speak on the issue were temporarily distracted by a gay rights rally outside.
Commissioner Kathy Castor, the only member to vote against the ban, opened the door for the board to ditch the policy. She said the board violated state statutes with the ban. That's because it prompted the director of the county library system to strip displays of gay-authored books, even though it didn't specifically target libraries, Castor said.
She quoted Florida statutes, approved in 1984, that created a volunteer library advisory board and gave it sole authority to select books and make its own policies.
Outside, Bart Birdsall, a Greco Middle School librarian who is gay, used a bullhorn to read from books on a gay pride display that was taken down at the West Gate Library. As Birdsall read, about a dozen people carrying rainbow flags and antiban signs marched in a circle around him.
Equality Florida has a website with details of future actions."