After three 'straight' years, 'Tango' drops to #2

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For three — if you’ll excuse the expression — straight years, “And Tango Makes Three” has been the most banned book on the American Library Association’s list of most banned books.

The children’s book by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell tells the story of two male penguins at New York’s Central Park zoo who share a nest and hatch an abandoned egg.

This year, Tango the penguin with two gay dads, got knocked off the list by a series of books written in the style of instant messages.

Taking the No. 1 spot is writer Lauren Myracle series including “ttyl.” Drugs and offensive language are the complaints. The books don’t promote drugs. They just deal with them a 21st century realities for kids. Kewl.

Of the top 10 banned books, a few others are listed for LGBT content. “Tango” holds the #2 spot.

“The Perks of Being A Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky is #3. The main character has two gay friends. In “My Sister’s Keeper” (#7), the sister is a lesbian.

The books are in good company. J.D. Salinger’s “Catcher in the Rye” perennially makes the list (#6 this year). Alice Walker’s “The Color Purple” is #9.

Note to Border’s on McKinney. You did a good job of putting other bookstores in Oak Lawn out of business. I buy this book along with “Heather Has Two Mommies” for any friend who has a baby because I believe children should be raised with good children’s books. PLEASE STOCK THESE WONDERFUL BOOKS.

—  David Taffet

Newest episode of 'Ask a Gay Family' posted earlier this week

I came across this link while perusing over Salon today. The blog, Gay Family Values, is a pretty good read. It’s posted by the Depfox family of Northern California as a response to Prop 8. Episode 6 of their Web series was posted earlier this week. These vids have become an apparent hit. “The reason these videos are so popular is that people don’t get to see what it means to be a gay couple in a long term relationship raising children,” their front page says.

I think their blog name’s subhead sums it up  – Showing the Face of Gay Families in America. And today, Daddy Jay reads the children’s book, And Tango Makes Three, about two gay penguins raising an egg together. It might sound schmaltzy but the entire post is really about the controversy surrounding the book and what it means to him as a parent.

Check it.

—  Rich Lopez