Libraries Branch in Long Island, New York

As soon as the board of a Long Island library decided to prohibit all Pride displays and any books relating to Pride from its children’s department, the community erupted in fury.

Smithtown Library Board voted 4-2 Wednesday night to enact an anti-discrimination ordinance.

Activists and lawmakers for the LGBTQ community slammed the move almost immediately.

Governor Kathy Hochul was among those who tweeted: “Our public spaces should be accepting our young people – not rejecting them.”

As one of the few places where they can be accepted for who they are, libraries are a haven for many LGBTQ+ young people. Instead of shunning our young people, our public spaces should welcome them. Please know that we, the City of New York’s LGBTQ+ community, are here to support and stand with you. https://t.co/x6w1q8o3El — Kathy Hochul, Governor of New York (@GovKathyHochul)

Representative Arnold Drucker of the Nassau County Legislature joined the chorus of those expressing disapproval of the vote.

Prior to the Florida legislation, I expressed my dismay that this concerted, nationwide assault on the LGBTQ+ community could soon land on our doorstep,” Drucker said. The Florida legislation was passed earlier this year.

Sunday, June 26th will see the return of ABC 7’s Pride March broadcast special, co-hosted by Angelica Ross alongside WABC’s Ken Rosato, Lauren Glassberg, and Sam Champion, as well as on abc7NY.com, ABC News Live, and the ABC 7 New York Connected TV Apps on streaming platforms Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, and Roku for the sixth consecutive year.

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