Luigi Brugnaro, the mayor of Venice, has banned dozens of children’s books about both homosexuality and disability.
He said on Wednesday that he would not be “intimidated” by by critics, and went on to claim that their criticisms were “cultural arrogance”, and further on in the statement addressed the 49 books which have been blacklisted.
Included in this list are books such as Jean Has Two Moms, which is about a wolf family with two mothers, as well as Tango Makes Three, a title about two male penguins who raise a chick together.
When speaking to the La Repubblica newspaper last month, he said: “We don’t want to discriminate against anyone and at home parents can call themselves daddy number one and daddy number two, but I have to consider the majority of families, which have a mum and a dad. It is parents who should educate children about these things, not schools.”
But why the books about disability? That, unfortunately, he has not addressed.
In response to the bans several marathons of public readings have been launched, and several libraries are outwardly encouraging people to read the blacklisted books.