In hiding LGBT-themed children’s books, Hong Kong libraries moved against diversity
With children’s books containing so-called LGBT themes withdrawn from the “open” shelves in Hong Kong’s public libraries, a place that was once a source of joy to all has now become a place where a wide range of diversity can never exist (“What ‘closed stacks’ for LGBT books at Hong Kong public libraries reveal about the city’s government”, July 3).
The library is a place where we can sit down and relax; where we can refresh our minds and start again. A place where we used to get new inspiration has now become a place of discrimination.
As far as I remember, the library used to be a place where books of all sorts could be found. But no longer. I don’t know what that means for the future generations of Hong Kong.
Hong Kong is well-known for its diversity and its acceptance of all types of culture. We like to think our city is a place where people of all persuasions can set aside their fears and worries, and just gather around for a taste of freedom. However, what has it become after removing all LGBT-themed books for children from the public shelves? A place which no longer lives up to that reputation.
Hong Kong’s libraries have helped me to gain a lot of insights about the world, and about people of all kinds. I would rather keep it that way, than savage everything that is wonderful. Acts that divide us should not be allowed.
Cassandra Chan, Lam Tin