Sept 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A gay-themed children’s book about two princes who fall in love and get married has sparked protests by parents in Taiwan, after it was added to a government-backed reading programme.
“King & King”, originally published in Dutch, follows the story of a young prince who was pressured by his mother to marry a princess but then falls in love with another prince.
The Chinese version of the book was added to a list of books that the government distributed to students aged six and seven this month in Taiwan, which last year became the first place in Asia to allow same-sex marriage.
The reading scheme is part of an extra-curricular programme aimed at fostering a love for reading, and is not compulsory in schools. Despite this, the move sparked protests outside the education ministry this week.