June 17, 2006

gay book burning

Police are investigating an arson at Chicago Public Library. According to this article, the fire was started in the gay and lesbian books section, although the section does not have explicit signage labelling it as such. Still, the gay and lesbian book section at that library has over 1,000 books so is presumably pretty easy to tell that it is the gay and lesbian section.

No one in the library was injured but the idea that institutions and books about LGBT subjects are the target for burning is quite unsettling.

At this point, it is not being investigated as a hate crime, but, an activist quoted in the article said he was concerned it may be a hate crime, "it wasn't the history section" is how he put it.

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