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Hate Group Bullies Texas Town Into All But Eliminating LGBTQ Pride Month Display

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Last year’s Pride Month display at the public library in Temple, Texas, included a bulletin board and a table with LGBTQ-themed books. (Facebook.com/Concerned Christian Citizens)

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.” 

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.

 

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John Wright

John Wright is the editor of OutSmart magazine. He has spent two decades in the mainstream and LGBTQ media. Most recently, he served as senior editor of Dallas Voice, and covered LGBTQ issues in the state Legislature for The Texas Observer. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Wright earned his bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Florida. He resides in the EaDo area of Houston, where he is currently remodeling a 1930s row house.
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