The Weekly LGBTQ News: Issue #13
Libraries in Singapore will be removing several LGBTQ-themed books from its shelves following a complaint from one patron. In a response to the complaint, chief librarian Tay Ai Cheng stated the library retains a pro-family stance when it comes to selecting books for children. Various authors have criticized the library’s decision, with trans writer Leona Lo saying she asked the Singapore National Library Board to remove her books and “pulp them if they want. Better to burn and die a dignified death.” The books, which include And Tango Makes Three, the story of two male penguins raising a chick at the Central Park Zoo will not be reinstated despite various petitions and public outcries.
Malawi’s Law Commission is suspending its law regarding people have gay sex, an offense punishable up to fourteen years in prison. Malawi’s police force have been ordered not to arrest anyone engaging in same-sex sexual activities. Janet Chikaya-Banda, Secretary for Justice and Solicitor General, announced to the United Nations Human Rights Committee the anti-gay laws were suspended due to financial difficulties the country is facing.
A former United Methodist reverend committed suicide by setting himself on fire in protest of injustice towards LGBTQ rights and racism. Rev. Charles Moore doused himself with gasoline and lit himself in a Dollar General parking lot in Grand Saline, Texas. Moore left a note attached to his car windshield which detailed his actions for his immolation protest, saying the country and his hometown of Grand Saline never repented for its atrocities committed against African Americans and others, and that his hometown needs to “open its heart and its doors” to repent.
Sensible Reason has been keeping up with the case of Jane Doe, a trans teen girl who was detained in a woman’s prison without criminal charges.
Jane Doe was originally placed in an adult women’s prison – following the advice of her lawyers who insisted she be placed there instead of a men’s prison – for two months until being relocated to a psychiatric care facility. Doe has now been relocated to Connecticut’s only secure facility for delinquent boys, according to the Associated Press, and separated from other residents.