Riot police called to western Sydney as local council votes to reinstate LGBT books in public libraries

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05/15/2024

Cumberland City Council in western Sydney has overturned its ban on LGBT books from public libraries in an evening marred by chaos. The meeting opened with councillors singing the national anthem followed by four hours of debate and intense protests in a tumultuous evening attended by NSW Police. Council ultimately voted 12-2 to reverse the ban on same-sex parenting books shortly before 11pm on Wednesday. Local grandmother-turned-activist, Caroline Staples, who spearheaded a campaign to reinstate LGBT books has welcomed the overturning of the ban. “I’m really pleased and I’m really relieved that my understanding of my community was correct,” Ms Staples told Sky News Australia on Thursday morning after she had collected more than 50,000 in support of same-sex parenting books.

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