By Jonathon Van Maren
Remember last month when the American Bookseller’s Association issued a groveling apology for promoting Abigail Shrier’s bestselling book Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters? At the time, they had also promised to engage in a period of mourning/soul-searching, after which they would present further concessions to the LGBT movement to atone for their sin.
Well, the results of its struggle session are complete, and the ABA is ready to explain how it will make sure that it never, ever promotes anything that contradicts those who believe sex changes for children are a pillar of Western civilization.
In a missive to ABA members, CEO Alison Hill explained that the reason Shrier’s bestseller was included in the company’s July “White Box” promotional mailing was a lack of internal review processes. In the wake of the ABA’s abrupt re-education by trans activists, that situation is apparently being rectified.
For starters, a donation of $5,000 was made to the Transgender Defense & Education Fund (TDEF) as an indulgence. The TDEF is a legal organization that fights for trans people seeking name changes and other complications that accompany attempting to change gender — and it also works to “expand transgender civil rights.” Additionally, ABA is planning “new diversity roles, forums with members of the LGTBQIA+ community, and an annual session on queer history and activism for staff.”
Further, Hill stated, “The policy to not review or screen titles submitted is in line with many members’ preference to not have ABA decide what books they have access to, preferring to review books themselves to determine what they read, buy, sell and promote … When we included this book in the box, we violated our commitment to equality and inclusion and we caused harm.”