A Visit to the Gay Library

S. E. Wigget
3 min readFeb 18, 2022

You’ve probably noticed that lately RepubliKKKlans have been organizing mass book bans at public and school libraries. These bans are against books that don’t fit into RepubliKKKlan views of the world, namely books by BIPOC authors, books by and about LGBTQIA+ people, and books that expose historical horrors such as slavery and the Holocaust. These recent book bans remind me of the below sardonic essay I wrote years ago (circa 2004) while dwelling in Bigotville, the Twilight Zone (Topeka, Kansas).

This is at my house, not a public library, but it seems fitting.

After work today I went to the Gay Library. Out front stood picketers with big bold signs displaying black letters like, “GOD HATES FAGS” and “GAY LIBRARY.” I’ve been to this library several times before and saw the picketers, but I had never noticed the “GAY LIBRARY” sign until now. It made me feel so hot and bothered, but I drove past and walked into the Gay Library anyway.

I trod down a hallway, past the Gay Library Book Store and into the Gay Café, where all these homosexuals were sitting at little round tables and necking. I mean eating and talking. I got myself some gay scones and some gay muffins. They were cold by now, at this time of day, but I’ll bet the pastries were flaming early this morning. After paying, I headed back down the hallway and past the checkout desk, where I considered saying loudly, “Hey, did you know this is the Gay Library?”

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S. E. Wigget

Outside Medium, I mostly write fiction, especially paranormal and historical fantasy, under either S. E. Wigget or Susan E. Wigget.🌈 WhimsicalWords.Substack.co