Smithtown Library Board bans Pride-related books, displays from children’s sections

SMITHTOWN, Long Island (WABC) — A Long Island library was hit with a swift backlash after a board of trustees voted to ban all Pride postings and all Pride-related books from its children’s sections.

The Smithtown Library Board voted 4-2 on the ban Wednesday night.

It was quickly derided by LGBTQ activists and politicians.

Among them was New York Governor Kathy Hochul, who tweeted “Our public spaces should be accepting of our young people – not rejecting them.”

Nassau County Legislator Arnold Drucker also condemned the vote.

“Earlier this year, when Florida was imposing destructive ‘Don’t Say Gay’ laws through its state legislature, I lamented that this nationally coordinated assault on the LGBTQ+ community may soon be upon us. right on our doorstep,” Drucker said.

The NYC Pride March special, co-hosted by Angelica Ross with WABC’s Ken Rosato, Lauren Glassberg and Sam Champion, will return for its sixth consecutive year on ABC 7 from 12:00-3:00 PM ET on Sunday, June 26 also on abc7NY.com , ABC News Live and ABC7 New York connected TV apps on Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV and Roku streaming platforms.

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