By John Wright
A Central Texas town’s Pride Month display has been reduced to a single flier, following a campaign led by a minister affiliated with an anti-LGBTQ hate group.
Last year, a Pride Month display at the public library in Temple, Texas, included a bulletin board (above) and a table with LGBTQ-themed books, according to the Temple Daily Telegram. The display was part of a nationwide initiative from the American Library Association.
While the display was up, the library logged five positive comments, and three negative ones. However, nearly two months later, a local group called Concerned Christian Citizens launched a campaign targeting the display, alleging that it “promote[d] a lifestyle the Bible calls immoral” and “undermine[d] our best efforts to raise our children with our values.”
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The campaign was led by minister Joe Goodson, the president of Concerned Christian Citizens who is also an activist affiliated with MassResistance, which has long been considered an anti-LGBTQ hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
In response to Goodson’s campaign, the library’s board of directors adopted a new policy prohibiting displays that “promote a specific religion, political party or cause.”
This week, KWTX-TV reported that this year’s display consists only of a small flier stating that June is LGBTQ Pride Month.