Posts Tagged ‘ in our mothers’ house ’

Lawsuit Overturns Utah Schools Ban on ‘Advocacy of Homosexuality’

October 9, 2017
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Lawsuit Overturns Utah Schools Ban on ‘Advocacy of Homosexuality’

Advocacy groups in Utah settled a discrimination lawsuit against the state last week, after both the legislature and the statewide board of education repealed rules that banned “advocacy of homosexuality” in public schools. In practice the rules had basically quashed any discussion of sexual orientation or gender identity at all in many districts, including among…

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Utah Repeals Rules on ‘Advocacy of Homosexuality’ in Classrooms

May 8, 2017
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Utah Repeals Rules on ‘Advocacy of Homosexuality’ in Classrooms

Following action by the Utah legislature to repeal a statewide ban on “advocacy of homosexuality” in schools, the state’s Board of Education unanimously voted last week to also repeal its corresponding administrative policy. The ban notably led the Davis School District to restrict student access to the picture book In Our Mothers’ House in 2012…

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Public Libraries Are for Everyone: A Response to the Illinois Family Institute

September 15, 2014
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Public Libraries Are for Everyone: A Response to the Illinois Family Institute

Laurie Higgins of the Illinois Family Institute thinks that librarians who celebrate Banned Books Week are hypocrites. In an article on the organization’s website last week, she argued that the real banned books are not the oft-targeted ones like And Tango Makes Three which depict same-sex parents or other LGBT characters. Rather, she says that…

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Utah Librarian To Receive Downs Intellectual Freedom Award

January 8, 2014
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Utah Librarian To Receive Downs Intellectual Freedom Award

In January 2013, a months-long dispute over Patricia Polacco’s In Our Mothers’ House was finally resolved when the Davis School District in Farmington, Utah, returned the picture book to open library shelves. Since April 2012, the book about a lesbian couple and their children had been kept behind the library counter, rather like a controlled…

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