Name: The Gay Guardian

Date:  1995 - 2005

Location:  North America

SubjectSexual/Gender Orientation , Political/Economic/Social Opinion

MediumPrint Journalism

Artist: The Gay Guardian

Confronting Bodies: Ohoopee Regional Library System

Date of Action: September, 2002

Specific Location: Vidalia, GA

Description of Artwork: The Gay Guardian, a 5-year-old publication with an estimated readership of 200,000 from southeast and central Georgia, Florida and South Carolina

Description of Incident: The library system initially allowed The Gay Guardian to be displayed in its lobby, where other free literature from individuals and groups are allowed, the lawsuit said. But the library later barred the publication after receiving complaints about it, the suit said. A librarian told a police officer called to intervene that "this was a religious issue, gays vs. Christians," the suit said.

Results of Incident: American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit against the library system on behalf of the newspaper and its editor, Ronald Marcus. The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Statesboro


Submitted By: NCAC

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