Library Board Decision on Sex Education Book

A packed house in Lafayette Parish's Main Library off of Congress Street... all because of one controversial book. The library board held a vote on whether to keep or remove a book in the teen section that has LGBTQ themes. NEWS15 was at the heated meeting with more about the decision that was made.

Posted: Nov 15, 2021 9:51 PM
Updated: Nov 16, 2021 2:15 PM

Lafayette,LA - The library board planned to make a decsion on whether a book about growing up LGBTQ will remain in any part of the Lafayette Parish Public Library System, with the community also voicing their opinion.

"These are the people that we serve, we don't serve the board."

It was decision day for the Lafayette Library Board whether to ban, "The Book is Gay". A book for teens about growing up LGBTQ .

Lynette Mejia says that every library will have something that someone doesn't approve but that doesn't mean it should be taken away. "As a community, we need to stand up and make sure that we have the materials in our library that are available for everyone."

Mejia doesnt understand why the LGBTQ community is being singled out by the library.. and that the board is sending a clear message. "That we are not including everyone in our community, that LGBTQ youth is not welcomed in the library. That the books that are there for them are not there for them anymore."

Residents came out to voice their concerns that the library board is trying to censor books in the library.

"There are teens, there are people who need access to this type of information,"says Jean Menard.

Jared Breaux believes, "One book is where it starts and then there is retaliation or there are other books that people will request to be censored."

The ultimate decision by the library board is that the book will not be removed but it will be moved to the adult non-fiction section of the library. Several speakers said that this is all they wanted the outcome to be.

"It's so relieving I really thought they weren't going to do that. The plan was to just walk out as soon as they said no, but we get to keep our books safe,"says Avi Weill.

"Its fantastic. It's important that we can show up in our local democracy and actually make a difference,"says Gabriel Juarez.

Many residents also voiced that they feel the board should be more worried about building a library on the northside rather than getting rid of the books in the library.  

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