In June of 2017, during Gay Pride Month, the Temple Public Library hosted an LBGTQ display that contained information, literature, definitions, and discussion prompts for families.

Many, including a group known as Concerned Christian Citizens, were unhappy with the display, and have challenged library policy allowing librarians to choose to create and host such displays without public approval. They argue that exposing children to LGBTQ issues is not age appropriate, and that the library should not be promoting any lifestyle over another.

Many others feel the display shined light on marginalized groups and provided vital information and comfort to members and friends of the LGBTQ community, that it was not promoting or endorsing a particular lifestyle, and that the library had no obligation to include alternative materials in the display.

On Tuesday, January 30, 2018, citizens on both sides of the debate gathered at the Temple Public Library for a public comment session which lasted almost three hours.

We recorded video of the meeting and present it here for the sake of public information, transparency, and civil discourse. Microphone issues at the meeting meant we needed to enhance audio at some points in the video, so some sections may seem a bit louder or quieter than others. You will also notice slight jumps in the video after long intervials, which were the result of new files being created as videos reached max file size.

We invite you to share your thoughts in the comments section, but ask that you remain respectful and courteous.

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