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Orange City LGBT Library Fund

$2,335 of $300 goal

Raised by 98 people in 28 days
On October 19, Paul Dorr checked out some books from the Orange City, Iowa library.

Mr. Dorr was offended by our nation's founding principles of freedom of information and the First Amendment, so he decided to burn books he didn't like - deliberately destroying public property.

The Orange City Library strives to "enrich a vibrant community by providing a comfortable space for the community to discover their roots, express creativity, and celebrate diversity through literacy, information, and technology." Through its mission, the library has included LGBT+ literature, which Mr. Dorr found incredibly offensive because he does not value the First Amendment. 

Because Mr. Dorr chose to censor thought and derail freedom, we would like to restore the books he burned to the Orange City Library. To make sure he will not censor speech and attack the LGBT+ community, we seek to replace the books with five copies each. All other funds will be donated to the Orange City Library to protect the freedom of thought and information.

The Censored Books Are:
- "Two Boys Kissing" by David Levithan 
- "Families, Families, Families" by Suzane Lang
- "This Day in June" by Gayle E. Pitman
- "Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress" by Christine Baldacchino


“Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us." - Justice William Douglas
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Hello everyone,

I wanted to thank everyone for their very generous donations and being involved in supporting the Orange City Library and the broader LGBTQ community.

When I first saw the video of books being destroyed in an attempt to intimidate people, I was frustrated and assumed I could get a few friends together to raise enough money to replace the books that were destroyed. I thought $300 might be hard to raise, but it was worth an attempt. I've been amazed by the response so far. It was more than friends that came through - many of you I have never met and we've raised funds from across the country. This is just shows how supportive a broader community can be. When someone decides to bully, intimidate and censor many more will stand up and say no. I sincerely thank you for all of the donations and personal stories. We've made a great impact and we've made a statement that this type of hatred should not be accepted.

In the last few weeks, I've been in contact with the director of Orange City Library about how best to get the funds to the library. Because of the various news coverage on the book burning, many others have donated books and funds to the library. So far, we've raised over $2,000 for the library, which is amazing. In talking with the library director, it seems as though this amount of money is not necessarily needed to replace the books and provide additional LGBTQ resources. Because of this, I've also been in contact with the Iowa Library Association and hope the funds we've raised can have an impact even outside of Orange City. What I have proposed is splitting the donations - about $1,000 each - with half going to the original purpose of replacing books and providing LGBTQ resources at Orange City Library and the other half going to the Iowa Library Association to provide LGBTQ resources and literature to other libraries in Iowa. This would have to be approved by the Iowa Library Association board, and I'm hopeful the board will approve using the funds in this way. If not, the entire donation will go to Orange City Library. I will keep everyone updated on how this works out. Either way, I'm proud that we were able to raise so much money to combat bullies and provide LGBTQ resources.

Because the original purpose of the fundraiser has changed, GoFundMe wanted me to make you aware that your donation can be refunded if you disagree with this change. If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to contact me at dboyleisd@gmail.com.

Thank you again to everyone who has donated. You all should be proud of what we have been able to accomplish and standing up against hate in Iowa.
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