Vote to denounce Drag Queen Story Time Event at library fails

September 19, 2018 - 4:24 pm


A vote to denounce the drag queen story time event at Lafayette’s main branch of the public library did not pass the Lafayette Parish-City Council on Tuesday night.
UL-Lafayette students dressed up as women are set to read stories to children on October 6th about accepting LGBTQ individuals.

There were passionate arguments from both sides Tuesday night, including a speaker against the normalization of drag.
"If somebody comes to your library and says we want to have a young Shihadi reading hour, giving public empathy, understand, acceptance and etc, this is the potential path you are going down," said one opponent to the drag queen story time.
Another person protested library officials decision to allow the event to proceed. 
"Bring this thing, this evil into my little grandchildrens' minds, but what happens later on."  
But there were several speakers who asked the council to refrain from denouncing Story Time, including the event organizer. 
"Give these kids a role model that they can say hey, I know someone that went through this and I will be okay, I can make it through this day." 
And one resident who participates in drag, showed up to push the council to vote no on the resolution.
"Why are we teaching are children hate over an event that it is intent to teach that it's okay to be different and they should be loved for who they are." 
Three members of the council voted "Yes" for the resolution, while all of the other members abstained.  

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