BPC Bulletin: Halifax Libraries Resist Challenge to Book about Transgender Youth

News Reports and Commentary Selected by Franklin Carter of the Book and Periodical Council’s Freedom of Expression Committee.

 

Halifax Public Libraries (HPL) has decided to keep copies of Abigail Shrier’s Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters on the shelves.

 

On May 27, 2021, HPL explained its decision in a statement. On the next day, Halifax Pride ended its partnership with the library.

Earlier in May, activists and parents of transgender youth had petitioned HPL to remove Shrier’s book.

HPL’S STATEMENT

https://www.halifaxpubliclibraries.ca/news/response-community-petition-for-book-removal/

REPORTAGE

Haley Ryan of CBC News reports:
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/pride-breaks-with-halifax-libraries-after-controversial-book-kept-on-shelves-1.6045823

COMMENTARY

At Lifesite, Jonathon Van Maren comments:

https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/some-libraries-stand-strong-against-calls-to-remove-books-telling-truth-about-transgenderism

In the Claremont Review of Books, Mary Eberstadt comments:

https://claremontreviewofbooks.com/girls-will-be-boys/

In Psychology Today, Christopher J. Ferguson comments:

https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/blog/checkpoints/202101/review-irreversible-damage-abigail-shrier

In the Chicago Tribune, Jonathan Zimmerman comments:

https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/commentary/ct-opinion-censorship-cancel-culture-abigail-shrier-transgender-20201123-sifw7khysrdpnbnj66qxp6yiam-story.html

 

The Book and Periodical Council was formed in 1975 as the Book and Periodical Development Council to provide a venue for members to discuss industry issues, address mutual concerns and undertake projects for the benefit of Canadian writing and publishing.

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