The librarian wrote a letter in reply to the Irish Independent To article Columnist Declan Lynch argued that there were “far-right protests against books” and that the library protests reflected the views of “belligerent mobs”.
“After reading Declan Lynch’s radio review (When the Irish Government Was a Far-Right Mob, August 6), I was compelled to write to you,” said the librarian. I have written on paper.
The Irish Educational Alliance announced last week that parents had begun lobbying libraries to include “fisting” and “blowjobs” and explicit instructions for adult use in books aimed at teenagers as young as 12 years old. Dating apps such as Grindr.
At least one book, The Trans Teen Survival Guide (for teens) by Aul Fisher, encouraged the use of puberty blockers. Puberty blockers are often rushed to teens and have been discontinued in the UK, critics say. In nearly all settings where teenage gender dysphoria is being treated under the NHS.
Another book by Juno Dawson, This Book Is Gay, contains advice such as, “Just like handjobs and breakfast eggs, every man prefers a different way of blow job,” as well as advice from librarians. Contains instructions on oral sex mentioned in the letter. .
The instructions are clear, but the wording is often aimed at a younger audience and is filled with headlines like “handy” and “bummy” and “sexy fun time”.
These books are located in a section of the library aimed at readers ages 12-17 and are photographed on promotional displays in the library.
However, the librarian revealed that the books were not selected by trained staff and that the library was ordered to display them by a state agency, the Local Government Administration.
The LGMA is a national agency tasked with “serving the needs of local government and the Department of Housing, Planning, Communities and Local Government (DHPLG) in realizing the public sector reform agenda (especially in terms of terms) in the local government sector”. It states that (exploring sectoral approaches to service delivery), researching emerging and identified problems, helping local governments implement and measure change, and generally helping the local government sector improve its performance. “
In a letter to Teacher Linda Kennedy of the Irish Educational Alliance, Fingal County Council said:One of the actions mandated under the government’s National LGBTI+ Inclusion Strategy 2019-2021 is for public libraries to develop and continually update LGBTI+ reading lists. “
“To develop this reading list, a working group was assembled by the LGMA, including representatives from BeLonG To, HSE Sexual Health and Crisis Prevention, the National Teachers Organization LGBT+ Group of Ireland, Public Libraries and the Transgender Equality Network Ireland. Ta.”
They said the title mentioned by Ms. Kennedy was [This Book is Gay, Whats the T and Trans Teen Survival Guide] It is included in this list and is available as part of the Sound Irish Library Collection in the Young Adults (12-17 Years) section of Fingal’s Library. “
Writing to the Irish Independent, a librarian said he needed anonymity for fear of being “cancelled by mobs” and accused of being “far right”.
However, most libraries continue to display books in the 12- to 17-year-old section.
Kennedy said much of the media reporting around the library row tried to downplay the content of the books, and even though the purpose of the protests was simply to remove LGBT books from children’s books, the banning and censorship of books. It gave the false impression that it was intended to section.
“The content of these books is very pornographic and extremely sexually explicit. It has nothing to do with the LGBTQ community, it’s about the content of the books,” she said.
LGMA has been contacted for comment.