THE BUZZ: Singapore removes gay penguin book from libraries

Singapore authorities have withdrawn from libraries two children’s books featuring same-sex couples, sparking controversy amid a debate on gay rights in the conservative city-state, BBC News reported.
“And Tango Makes Three” features a pair of gay penguins while “The White Swan Express” mentions a lesbian couple.
Petitions for the books to be put back have garnered thousands of signatures.
Gay sex is illegal in Singapore, and a recent gay rally drew an unprecedented backlash from religious groups.
According to BBC, the two books were removed earlier this week after a library user wrote into the National Library Board expressing concern about the books’ content.

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