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Why LGBT outrage over Hong Kong library books is absurd

PUBLISHED : Friday, 20 July, 2018, 2:02pm
UPDATED : Monday, 30 July, 2018, 5:56pm

What is the problem with our LGBT community? There is virtually no discrimination in our society, except perhaps when the LGBT community demands a voice at a level totally disproportionate to its presence in the community at large. And even then, where is the gay bashing? In their imagination, perhaps, but otherwise it does not exist in Hong Kong.

The outrage being expressed that our young children are being denied access to LGBT literature is absurd. Should such literature then be advertised in big signs and young children more than just made aware of its availability? In their view it needs to be standard reading and learning material from kindergarten through to secondary school.

Call for libraries to put LGBT-themed children’s books back on open shelves

This is being tried in other, more open societies, with very young children, and we hear reports of their becoming very confused about their gender or sexual identity – “Mummy, am I a boy or a girl, or neither?” – to the point that many show signs of severe distress. Parents are beginning to push back very strongly.

There most certainly are young people out there who are unsure of their gender/sexual identity and become depressed, and help should be and is available – but, please, do not suggest that this represents any more than a very, very small proportion of the community.

G. Bailey, Ta Kwu Ling

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