Rename Burnaby's Tommy Douglas Library
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Tommy Douglas (1904-1986) was the leader of the federal New Democratic Party of Canada who served as MP for Burnaby, British Columbia from 1962 to 1968. In 2009, the City of Burnaby opened a new library named in his honour.
Tommy Douglas held deeply homophobic views. During the 1968 federal leaders debate, Douglas stated his opinions on homosexuality.
He accused past government policies of "driving it underground" and said "we ought to recognize it for what it is: it's a mental illness, it's a psychiatric condition which ought to be treated sympathetically, which ought to be treated by psychiatrists and social workers."
Attempting to "treat" homosexuality as a mental illness has caused enormous pain to the LGBT community over the decades. The Burnaby Public Library Board, and the City of Burnaby, should not be giving a homophobe like Tommy Douglas this honour. We call for the immediate renaming of the Tommy Douglas library and removal of any library decorations or monuments erected in his honour.
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