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Colorado librarian alleges she was fired for objecting to cancellation of LGBTQ, youth of color programming: “My only option is to speak out”

A Colorado librarian filed state and federal discrimination complaints Friday alleging she was fired by a Weld County library district after objecting to the cancellation of programs she had planned for youth of color and LGBTQ teens — including an anti-racism workshop.

Brooky Parks filed the complaints with the Colorado Civil Rights Division and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission over her firing by the High Plains Library District in December, following a move to discourage “inflammatory or polarizing” programming.

Parks said she believes she was terminated from her job at the Erie Community Library branch for advocating for youth of color and LGBTQ youth, who are protected under the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act, and in retaliation for opposing unlawful discriminatory practices.

“If something is really, really wrong, I cannot support that,” Parks told The Denver Post. “If I were to stay quiet and just keep doing my job and let that happen, I feel like I’m part of the problem. My only option is to speak out.”