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A Michigan town may lose its only library after its staff refused to remove an LGBTQ book

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Patmos Library defunded

A Michigan town voted to defund its only local library to keep kids from reading LGBTQ-themed books.

Jamestown Township’s Patmos Public Library lost 84% of its operating budget on Aug. 2 after an uproar over the books “Gender Queer: A Memoir,” “Kiss Number 8″ and “Spinning,” Bridge Michigan reported. Outraged parents complained the books were “pornographic” and accused librarians of being “groomers,” according to The Washington Post.

The vote leaves the library with enough funding until next year, when board President Larry Walton said it will probably have to close.

“I wasn’t expecting anything like this,” Walton said. “The library is the center of the community. For individuals to be short-sighted to close that down over opposing LGBTQ is very disappointing.”

The defunding vote came amid a nationwide effort to review and ban books from classrooms and libraries — an effort spearheaded by conservatives.

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