Temple: Library’s Pride Month display sparks heated discussion

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Published: Oct. 17, 2017 at 7:07 PM CDT
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A seasonal library display about pride month sparked some heated discussion at the Temple Library Board’s meeting Tuesday morning.

The display, which was up in the library for about a week in June, included informational sheets about discussion points and definitions for LGBTQ identities.

Nearly 20 people had something to say about it at the meeting Tuesday.

Some people who spoke at the meeting said the library promoted a political agenda.

"It was very daring,” Temple resident Agnes Bayer said. “I think it may have been better to put the other view next to it."

"What it’s willing to do for one political viewpoint, it would do for other political viewpoints,” Temple resident Rob Stine said. “If it is not willing to do that, then it shouldn't take a particular partisan position on an issue.”

Others, like Haydee Sheen, who is a member of the LGBTQ community, said it was just a display of information.

"The library was not promoting a gay style, the library was not promoting anything,” Sheen said. “It's not a political statement, it was just (that) June is pride month."

"People are certainly entitled to their views, but information doesn't hurt anyone, it just makes you smarter, it makes you understand things a little bit better,” Temple resident Lanell Mikeska said.

The library board did not take any formal action.

The next meeting is in January.