A New York City LGBT center said on Friday that it had lifted a ban on a writer who they had barred from speaking at their center over her book on Israel and Palestine.
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, a leading communal institution in the city, had previous said it would not allow author Sarah Schulman from speaking at the center, which had sparked an outcry from the New York gay community over what they argued was censorship.
However, on Friday, the Center announced it had lifted the ban and would give space for Schulman to speak.
The move ends two years of barring any discussion of Israel and Palestine at the center.
The LGBT Community Center said in a statement that the “the moratorium is no longer in effect.”
The initial banning had led to a statement from Schulman on February 11 stating that she had been forbidden from speaking.
“We requested space for me to do a presentation of my new book ‘Israel/ Palestine and the Queer International,’ which has gotten a good review in the Lambda Literary Review,” wrote Sarah Schulman in a February 11 email published by gaycitynews.com about the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center’s refusal.
“It is amazing to me that after all my work in the community, I could be refused a platform to present a queer book,” she added.
Schulman has published 17 books and is a leading progressive voice in the LGBT community.
She is a distinguished professor at the City University of New York (CUNY) system and has received multiple awards and fellowships.
Her exclusion had left questions within the city’s LGBT community, who told 429Magazine that they believe this is a form of censorship that hurts the gay society of New York.