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Pride month support by Metropolitan Library System praised and criticized – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2021-07-16 16:43:41 –

Oklahoma City (Free press) — The Metropolitan Library Commission spoke with a large number of public commentators at a regular meeting at the Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library on Thursday afternoon.

Citizen members expressed their pros and cons Metropolitan Library SystemJune pride programming.

June is recognized as Pride Month in the United States and around the world. Pride celebrates the rich history and cultural heritage of the LGBTQ2S + community. The Metro Library system had programming for young people and adults related to pride throughout the month.

While the overwhelming majority of library users have shown support for programming, a minority of voices call programming “promotion” and claim that some material is “sexually explicit”. I criticized the library system.


In anticipation of the Commission’s meeting, local activists gathered community support and members and library leaders to express their support for the pride programming offered in June to residents and library patrons. Asked to send a phone call or email.

The OKC Pride Alliance, a volunteer-run non-profit organization that brought this year’s Pride Festival to the scissortail park in downtown Oklahoma City, had more than 900 likes on their Instagram account at the time of the committee’s meeting. I posted an open letter of the library to. The Alliance encouraged followers to send an email to the library system to express their support.

Public comments

At the meeting on Thursday, 10 residents signed up to address 14 members of the committee attended.

The first speaker is Sarah Cunningham, the mother of two sons, one of whom is gay. Cunningham talked about the power of sharing some stories with his sons and praised the library’s service.

“We have seen the power of fear and ignorance, and we have seen the power of love and education,” Cunningham said.

The next resident, a housewife and former Bethany educator, claimed that her daughter was exposed to pop-ups while using the library’s website. The pop-up promoted pride-related activities and books for all ages. The mother declared that the library system had left herself to the “sexually explicit” agenda. She declared that the library had lost her support and-she wanted and prayed-has lost her money.

Another resident shared a story about her sister who died of complications due to AIDS. She concludes her strong comment by saying that she can create a community but cannot be a mediator.

Cacky Poarch, an avid library patron, explained that her family has been a library cardholder for decades. She quoted several cultural programs she had experienced through the Metro Library system and said these events were an opportunity to broaden her horizons. Dynamic programming, such as Pride Month offerings, demonstrates good management of her taxes, she said.

Other residents talked about a library system that provides a safe space for families, including families that are part of the LGBTQ2S + community.

An Edmond man who said he had a gay son encouraged those who rejected their neighbors as part of the community to use programming in the library to open their eyes.

Hannah Royce, director of the OKC Pride Alliance, thanked the library system for its support and alliance during June, especially during the Downtown Pride Festival. She added that reducing the queer community to simple sexual orientation is an erasure and an insult.

Correspondence of the secretary general

Larry White, Executive Director of Metro Library Systems, addressed the Commissioner after public comments. He reported on the library issue in June. He said the library received many phone calls and emails about Pride Monthly programming.

Approximately 40 residents contacted the library to share their pride-themed programming concerns, but at the time of the meeting, more than 130 support messages were received.

Mr White said the purpose of the library is not to defend it, but to provide information.

When libraries provide voter information, they do not encourage them to join any political party. The library provides information for many celebrations and events.

He cited Black History Month, Asian-American History Month, and Veterans Day as examples of events commemorating the library. All of these reflect part of our community.

After the Secretary-General’s report, the Commission quietly and swiftly processed normal operations and then postponed them.

Next month’s Library Committee will meet at the Edmond Public Library on August 26th.

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Last updated: July 16, 2021 15:43 Brett Dickerson – Editor

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