Equality Australia – Equality Australia backs grandmother’s fight to reverse Western Sydney council ban on same sex families


This article was originally published by Equality Australia. You can find the original article here.

8 May, 2024 – National LGBTIQ+ group Equality Australia is backing a proud grandmother in her fight to reverse a decision by her Western Sydney council to ban books featuring same-sex parents. 

Cumberland City Council last week voted in favour of a motion to rid its eight publicly funded libraries of any books that contain material on same-sex parents. 

Grandmother Caroline Staples is a long-time resident of the Cumberland area and a mother of four adult children as well as a proud grandmother to a rainbow family. 

“Here in Western Sydney, we welcome people of different backgrounds, beliefs and cultures. We don’t ban people or families. Our diversity is part of what makes living in our area so special. We are better than this motion,” she said. 

Ms Staples launched a petition on Wednesday that she will present to council on May 15 in a bid to rescind the motion. 

“The council motion has made me fear for the safety of the rainbow families in our community and the future cohesion of our community. It crosses a dangerous line,” she said. 

Equality Australia Legal Director Ghassan Kassisieh said councils should offer services to everyone in their local community without discrimination. 

“Children in rainbow families are cherished and loved. Councillors who say otherwise fuel bigotry that makes their lives harder, not easier,” he said. 

“The council seems to be clinging to some kind of backward stereotype that people in Western Sydney are bigoted and can’t decide for themselves what to borrow from the local library. The local community and its rainbow families deserve better than this. 

“This book is part of an age-appropriate series about different types of families, some of which may have two mums or two dads. The attempt to erase these families from library shelves is disgraceful, as is any suggestion they are anything other than loving and nurturing environments for kids. 

“If you don’t want to borrow the book, you don’t have to, but don’t deny others the chance to access books that reflect modern family life in Australia in 2024. 

“If councils banning books about LGBTQ+ people is not already unlawful under the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act, it certainly should be.” 

Media contact: Tara Ravens 0408 898 154, [email protected] 

This article was originally published by Equality Australia. You can find the original article here.

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