Ivano-Frankivsk Province, Ukraine, July 5, 2021
Thanks to the appeal of local Christian communities, the Ivano-Frankivsk Provincial Administration decided to withdraw a pro-LGBT book from children’s libraries.
The removal of Princess+Princess: Happily Ever After was announced during a meeting of the Deputy Commission on Culture on July 1, reports zaxid.net.
“We received a letter about the book… We already know how many copies there are in our libraries. We distributed them to all our libraries—one or two in each. Now we’re withdrawing these books. We’ve responded to the letter,” explained Miroslava Kornelyuk, the Deputy Head of the Ivano-Frankivsk Department of Culture.
The appeal from Christian communities and emphasized that Princess+Princess undermines the family institution in Ukraine.
At the beginning of the year, the Ukrainian Ministry of Culture spent state funds to purchase 1,240 copies of the “children’s” book, which culminates in the princesses’ lesbian wedding. The book by New Zealand author Kate O’Neill was included in a list of books approved by the Cabinet of Ministers on July 5, 2019.
His Grace Bishop Viktor of Baryshevka, the head of the UOC’s delegation to European international organizations, commented that the purchase of the book by state authorities is perceived “primarily through the prism of the struggle with the traditional values of Ukraine.”
“The appearance of such books looks like an attempt to gradually form a worldview that is alien to the Christian picture of the world, and also sets up a person to reject everything that was dictated by the 1,000-year-old culture of our people,” he wrote.
In April, the Ministry of Culture refused the demands of the deputies of the Lutsk City Council to withdraw the LGBT propaganda book.