Sir Elton John slams mayor who banned ‘gay’ books in schools
Sir Elton John has spoken out against the Mayor of Venice – after he banned ‘gay’ children’s books from primary schools.
The city has undergone changes under newly-elected right-wing Mayor Luigi Brugnaro, who decreed in June that primary schools and nurseries should be purged of books featuring same-sex couples.
Over a thousand copies of ‘And Tango Makes Three’, which is about two male penguins bringing up a chick, were removed from circulation.
Sir Elton John, who has children Zachary and Elijah with his husband David Furnish, spoke out against the move.
Sharing a picture of ‘The Family Book’ by Todd Parr on Instagram, he wrote: “Here is one of the Furnish-John family’s favourite storybooks.
“It champions an all-inclusive world where families come in all shapes, sizes and colours. And most importantly, that families are about love. Our boys adore it.
“And in the opposing corner we have Luigi Brugnaro, the extremely silly looking mayor of Venice. He’s stupidly chosen to politicise children’s books by banning titles that touch on same sex families living happily ever after.
“So instead of encouraging a world based on inclusiveness, tolerance and love, he’s championing a future society that’s divisive and fosters ignorance.
“Beautiful Venice is indeed sinking, but not as fast as the boorishly bigoted Brugnaro. #ShareTheLove”