Drag Queen Story Hour largely peaceful, views strongly differ

Drag Queen Story Hour largely peaceful, views strongly differ (img: WPMI)

The Ben May Public Library in downtown Mobile was the destination for hundreds Saturday, most of which attending to form what they called a “Wall of Love” to show support for drag queens, or men dressed in female costume, reading to children.

Parents and children filled two rooms to hear books like the Rainbow Fish.

Tea Party activist Pete Riehm said he felt it was inappropriate for men dressed as women to read to children.

“The issue that brings us out here today is what is appropriate for children and protecting the children,” he said. “What it comes down to is what is appropriate for 3-to-8 year olds and should a public institution be doing that.

Parents felt differently, saying the event was optional and not mandatory.

“Leave the kids out of it. We brought ours to teach them love. If you can’t teach them love don’t teach them anything. If you can’t teach them to be accepting and that God loves them and that god loves everyone. It’s best to leave them out, don’t teach them anything,” said Brittany Lathan, a parent.

Stacy Mitchell felt differently, and thought it could confuse children.

“God said in the bible that if he made you a boy you’re a boy. If he made you a girl you’re a girl. If you try to change that you can’t,” said Mitchell.

But one of the drag queens said there was just one agenda.

“We are going to make Alabama beautiful, we just have to learn to treat each other that way first,” said Ambrosia Starling.

The event was considered very successful, and with passionate opinions on both sides, was largely peaceful.

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