Thursday, August 18, 2005

Swedish Library Lending Out Lesbians, Minorities

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LNewsEditor said...

JIC Post:
From UK
This summer a Swedish library is offering to lend out representatives of minority groups, including lesbian and gay people, in a bid to tackle prejudice and discrimination.

The real-life lending system will also include religious leaders and members of ethnic minorities, in a bid to help minorities and local people mix.

Organized by Malmo Library, those taking part in the scheme will be able to take their lent representatives outside for a 45-minute conversation about their beliefs, culture and way of life.

A spokesperson for the library told the AFP news agency that the idea is to challenge preconceived ideas about people.

Ulla Brohed said the majority of people's prejudices come from being "just uninformed."

A gay person, an imam, a journalist and a Gypsy will take part in the first stages of the project.

If the program is a success, it will be repeated in the future.