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Rochester council, and community, reject bid to ban four LGBTQ+ books: ‘This is an attack’

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City Councilor Jim Gray’s attempt to ban four books dealing with LGBTQ+ topics from the city library was resoundingly rejected Tuesday night.

About 20 community members turned out to oppose the effort by Gray, who is also a Republican state senator. The City Council voted 12-1 to remove Gray’s request to discuss his proposed ban from the meeting agenda.

“I think this is nonsense,” Rochester resident Brian Carroll said. “There are so many other issues the council should be dealing with, not worrying about reading a book. Some kids might need the help they can find there. I do not believe the library trustees would place anything inappropriate on the shelves.”

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