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Hong Kong: LGBT-Themed Books Restricted in Libraries


A library worker indexes periodicals at the Hong Kong Central Library May 14, 2001.

A library worker indexes periodicals at the Hong Kong Central Library May 14, 2001. In 2018, Hong Kong authorities made a decision to place 10 children’s books with LGBT themes in the “closed stacks” of public libraries. 


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Hong Kong authorities should immediately reverse a decision to place 10 children’s books with LGBT themes in the “closed stacks” of public libraries, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to Hong Kong’s Home Affairs Bureau. One of the books, And Tango Makes Three, is a children’s book based on a true story about two male penguins who hatch an egg and raise a youngster.

But in an important judgment on same-sex relationships, Hong Kong’s highest court ruled on July 4, 2018, that the government’s denial of a visa and associated benefits to the same-sex spouse of a legal resident amounted to discrimination.

“Instead of hiding a children’s book about a same-sex penguin couple, Hong Kong’s government should endorse nondiscrimination and put the books back on the open shelves,” said Boris Dittrich, LGBT rights advocacy director at Human Rights Watch. “While Hong Kong’s highest court is taking

Article source: https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/07/10/hong-kong-lgbt-themed-books-restricted-libraries

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