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Petition calls for separating LGBT materials in Iowa library

February 21, 2018

ORANGE CITY, Iowa (AP) — Residents in northwest Iowa are fighting over a petition that calls on the public library to separate material dealing with LGBTQ issues and to request public input before acquiring such material.

The Sioux City Journal reports that some residents expressed support during a meeting Tuesday for the Orange City Public Library’s inclusion of LGBTQ materials. Other residents shared reservations.

The petition was started by Terry Chi, an assistant professor of psychology at a local Christian liberal arts college. He says the petition isn’t asking that the material be banned, only labeled and separated. He says there also should be a public discussion before new material is acquired.

Iowa Library Association’s President-Elect Dan Chibnall says libraries tend to avoid special labels. He says people should have access to as much material as possible.

The library’s board says its policy committee will review public input.

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Information from: Sioux City Journal, http://www.siouxcityjournal.com

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