In a holiday display, a public library in Fairfax County, Virginia, included the books “Lawn Boy” and “Gender Queer” alongside the Bible. Parents have claimed that Lawn Boy and Gender Queer feature obscene material like pedophilia. The library display was later removed after several parents called it “offensive.”
Fairfax Public County Library director Jessica Hudson released a statement saying:
“The Dolley Madison Library holiday reading display was intended to highlight the freedom to read and the fact that many library patrons have more time during the holidays to do so. It was not the intention of staff to create a display that could be construed as offensive. The display has been removed.”
The display comes on the heels of parents sharing concerns about the books at Fairfax County school board meetings. Parents wanted the book removed from the school library, but the school district reinstated the books. This was done after two committees found that neither book describes or depicts pedophilia.
“Lawn Boy” has a section about a 10-year-old boy recounting his explicit sexual experiences. “Gender Queer: A Memoir” has photos displaying sexual acts between a minor and adult male.
The display in the library featured three gnomes, each holding one of the books. The gnomes holding “Lawn Boy” and “Gender Queer” had bees decorating their hats. The gnome holding the Bible was wearing a rainbow hat. It also featured other rainbow paraphernalia. The display also quotes Salman Rushdie’s novel, “The Satanic Verses.”
At #FairfaxCounty Dolley Madison Library mocks my efforts to remove #PornInSchools and mocks Christianity! 😡
These are YOUR taxpayer dollars, Virginia! 🤢🤮#GenderQueer #LawnBoy #IWontBackDown@GlennYoungkin @JasonMiyaresVA @WinsomeSears @RichAndersonRPV @SebGorka pic.twitter.com/OuIJZURAsq
— Stacy Langton (@StacyLangton) December 7, 2021
Stacy Langton, the mother who confronted the school board about the same offensive books, took a photo of the library display. When she went back around noon, the display had been removed. In an interview with Fox News, Langton said:
“It’s so outrageously offensive. It was intentional, it was meant to be offensive. She called the display pretty brazen.
Staff told Langton that the library branch manager approved the display. Langton and other parents spoke at the school board meeting last Thursday, and the display went up a few days after that. Langton feels the display was an intentional dig at the concerned parents.
“It’s a dig on the parents who object to pornography and pedophilia-themed materials in the library, and it’s a dig on Christians as a whole. I think everybody knows where Jesus stands on pedophilia. They’re saying that we’re not entitled to want a library space that is free of porn and pedophilia. The tolerant Left is giving you guys some holiday hate. Merry Christmas, taxpayers of Fairfax County, Merry Christmas.”
Langton has organized a protest outside the library this Saturday.