Penguins continue to wage war on family values

photo by Paul_Mannix

Guess which book, according to the American Library Association, is the title most often requested to be removed from schools and libraries in the U.S.? Give up? For the third year in a row, it’s And Tango Makes Three, which is a guide to building your own bomb while smoking crack and attending orgies in the evenings. Oh wait, sorry, no: And Tango Makes Three is actually the heartwarming, award-winning, bestselling 2005 children’s book about two male penguins who hatch a baby chick. We’ll say that again: Since its publication in 2005, more people have asked for this book to be removed from a school or library than any other book in the entire Library of Congress. Oh, yeah, and the book is based on the true story of two male penguins called Roy and Silo who hatched an egg together at New York’s Central Park Zoo. Talk about going against nature! (Yes, penguins can be gay. Or, rather, bi.)

But here’s a bit of news to warm the cockles of your heart: the authors behind the book, Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, who also happen to be a couple, now have a Tango of their own. Their daughter Gemma was born to a surrogate mother with sperm from one of the men (they left it up to chance which one). Which totally makes up for the devastating news that Silo has since taken up with a female penguin named Scrappy. (Something similar happened this summer to San Francisco’s gay penguins.) Hey, sometimes life imitates art — and other times, life imitates a crappy soap opera.