The American Library Association (ALA) destroyed a webpage that taught librarians how to secretly promote pro-LGBT messaging.
The original page, written by Maryland librarian Tess Goldwasser, told librarians how to sneak pro-LGBT books into towns that don’t want them.
“Do you work for a library in a small, rural, conservative community? Are you a frontline staff member there, with no managerial or administrative authority? Do you wish you could do more to make your library more inclusive to the LGBTQIA++ community, but meet with resistance?” the post about LGBT book month read. “I hope it’s not just me!”
Now, the link to the page leads to an error message. A search of ALA’s website doesn’t show the original page, although it does show the page’s old entry on search results.
The Epoch Times contacted the ALA but has yet to hear back.
According to Dan Kleinman, the leader of the library watchdog group Safe Libraries, the ALA has a long history of actions like these.
“This is an established pattern by the American Library Association of hiding things from the public,” he said. “When the public sees what they’re doing and becomes aware of it and they realize how embarrassing it looks, they take it down.”
Kleinman added that on numerous occasions, he has seen the ALA remove articles from its site.
In one instance, Kleinman publicized an ALA page that insisted that librarians can’t determine whether something is child pornography because they aren’t judges.
Then the ALA changed the page, he said. After the controversial claim was gone, the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom director Jamie LaRue mocked him for saying it was there without proof, Kleinman said.