This was one of 2 gay-friendly children's books banned by the National Library Board in early July 2014 under pressure from anti-gay religious bigots. Author's Note: All of the events in this story are true. Roy and Silo are called chinstrap penguins because of the delicate line of black feathers that loops under their beaks, as if to hold a hat in place. After years of living side by side in the Central Park Zoo, they discovered each other in 1998 and they have been a couple ever since. Tango, their only chick, was born from an egg laid by another penguin couple named Betty and Porkey. That couple had often hatched their own eggs, but they had never been able to care for more than one at a time. In 2000, when Betty laid two fertile eggs, Rob Gramzay decided to give Roy, Silo, and one of those eggs a chance to become a family. If you go to the Central Park Zoo, you can see Tango and her parents splashing about in the penguin house along with their friends, including Nipper, Squawk, Charlie, Wasabi, and Piwi. There are forty-two chinstrap penguins in the Central Park Zoo and over ten million chinstraps in the world. But there is only one Tango. by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, illustrated by Henry Cole Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2005 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy_and_Silo The act of allowing a same sex pair of penguins to adopt either an egg or a chick in the same manner as Roy and Silo has been repeated more than once. In 2009 German zoo keepers gave an egg to a male same sex pair of Humboldt Penguins named Z and Vielpunkt, who hatched the egg and raised the chick.In 2011, Chinese zoo keepers gave a chick to a male same sex pair of penguins to look after, once it became apparent that the chick's natural parents could not look after two chicks. At the Central Park Zoo itself there have been further same sex couples, with both an all-male couple (named Squawk and Milo) and an all-female couple (named Georgey and Mickey) conducting courtship behaviour. In 2014, zoo keepers at Wingham Wildlife Park, in Kent, UK gave an egg that had been abandoned by its mother after the father refused to help incubate it to a Humboldt Penguin male same sex pair called Jumbs and Kermit. The park owner stated in a BBC interview "These two have so far proven to be two of the best penguin parents we have had yet." Links:
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The NLB saga (affectionately called Penguingate) was the sequence of events in July 2014...
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