At least two books featuring gay relationships have been pulled from Singapore’s National Library Board (NLB) for not “promoting family values”. The move sparked a wide public debate online.
NLB yanked “And Tango Makes Three” and “The White Swan Express: A Story About Adoption” after reportedly receiving complaints that the books were not “pro-family”. “And Tango Makes Three” tells the story of two male penguins that behave like a couple and raise a young penguin, based on true events. “The White Swan Express” focuses on the adoption of children and features a single mother and lesbian couple among others.
In a statement on Facebook, NLB commented on the decision to remove the books: