This week read about a library in Mississippi winning a lawsuit after refusing to take down LGBT children's books, and parents suing Alabama over an anti-trans law involving youth.
Library Wins Big After Refusing to Take Down Books
Ridgeland Mayor Gene McGee of Mississippi alluded to withholding $110,000 until LGBT children’s books were removed from the library last January.
Since then, the city of Ridgeland and the Madison County Library System have put out a joint statement citing their support for diverse stories within the library.
"Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Our libraries are a repository of knowledge and culture, providing far more than access to books," said the statement according to CTV News.
McGee said that “sexual connotations are not appropriate” for young readers and therefore should not be accessible in the library. McGee, known for his conservative views, has been the mayor since 1989.
“The new contract says nothing about the city controlling the contents of the library,” said John Scanlon, one of the attorneys representing the city, in an interview with WLBT-TV.
The library’s funding had previously been approved in the fall by the Ridgeland Board of Alderman. Alderman Ken Heard said that it is not the mayor's authority to withhold approved funds.
Parents and Physicians Sue For Trans Children Rights
Gov. Kay Ivey. Photo via Facebook.
Alabama is being sued by parents of trans children in an effort to overturn a law that would not allow health providers to give 19 and under children hormones or puberty blockers.
Four sets of parents and a physician, who treats trans children, have two lawsuits against the state.
“The level of legislative overreach into the practice of medicine is unprecedented. And never before has legislative overreach come into pediatric examination rooms to shut down the parent voice in medical decision making between a parent, their pediatrician and their child,” Dr. Morissa Ladinsky, a medical provider and a plaintiff in one of the lawsuits, told The Associated Press according to PBS.
During a campaign stop, Republican Gov. Kay Ivey referenced her faith and morals saying that Alabamians should focus on making the youths “become healthy adults just like God wanted them to be rather than self-induced medical intervenors.”
Ivey told reporters to “wait and see” if the law will be overturned. The law will take effect May 8 if the court decides it is within the state’s favor.