Libraries around the country in recent years have come under harsh criticism for abandoning their objective to serve the community by staging “drag queen” events.
One of the first to draw attention was held in 2017 at the Michelle Obama public library in Long Beach, California.
Now the libraries have competition.
With a church.
Cincinnati.com reports drag queen Sparkle Leigh brought an “LGBT storytime” to the Mt. Auburn Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati.
Dan Davidson, a custodian, recently spent hours applying makeup and glitter to become Sparkle and read a story to children.
The service, the report said, featured “God welcomes all” by the choir. Then Sparkle came out to read to the “youngest disciples” while wearing a flowing pink drew and green curls.
The story Sparkle chose was about Harvey Milk, an openly homosexual politician who died years ago.
Milk was accused in biographies of preying on young boys, and he was a huge supporter of Jim Jones, who took nearly 1,000 people to Jonestown, where they all died in a mass cyanide murder-suicide.
“While Sparkle’s story was directed toward children sitting at the speaker’s feet, some teenagers also joined them in the front, and the whole congregation, young and old, clapped at the exciting parts of the tale,” the report said.
The event was part of the church’s celebration of “Pride Month,” which promotes homosexuality.
Cincinnnati.com reported Stacey Midge, the pastor, said the story fits her belief that “God loves everyone.”
Jeff Johnston, an issues analyst for Focus on the Family, told Cincinnati.com that Christians teach love and respect for everyone, but they also recognized the difference between males and females.
“[Children] are easily taught, and we want to bring them into a healthy view of what it means to be a boy or a girl and help them embrace that,” Johnston said.
Davidson had performed as a drag queen in Seattle but left. He said he was attracted to story times.
“I’m excited just to be able to point to diversity and help kids not be afraid of people that are different but to embrace them and be able to learn from them and find out more about them,” Davidson said.
WND reported earlier this month on another drag queen event in Ohio.
A library canceled a drag-queen training session for teenage boys after being called out by the speaker of the state House of Representatives for the “stunningly bizarre” plan.
The Washington Examiner reported the public library in Licking County dropped the event after House Speaker Larry Householder, a Republican, wrote the Ohio Library Council.
Aimed at teenagers, it featured “a tutorial on applying makeup for dressing drag and a guide to safe sex.”
Such events are becoming more common, even moving into small towns such as Beloit, Wisconsin, after establishing a beachhead in left-wing enclaves such as Long Beach and St. Paul.
A public library in Houston hired a convicted child-sex offender to read books to children. Houston Public Library officials didn’t apologize for hosting Drag Queen Storytime, but they did “deeply regret” failing to conduct a background check.
Householder told the council he fully supports freedom of speech, the First Amendment and libraries.
But he said when he first heard of the training session he thought it was a joke.
“The joke is apparently on the taxpayers, who fund our libraries. This is a stunningly bizarre breach of the public trust. And it must stop.”
He pointed out taxpayers in the state pay about $400 million a year to support libraries.
“Let me be crystal clear: this isn’t about banning books or banning thought or any other red herring argument. This is about right and wrong. This is about being good stewards of the public’s money,” his letter said.
He continued: “I can also assure you the taxpayers aren’t interested in seeing their hard-earned dollars being used to teach teenage boys how to become drag queens.”
I sent this letter to the Ohio Library Council today. Our public libraries are great resources for young & old alike. But they should not be a resource for teenage boys to learn how to dress in drag. I demand it stop now !!! pic.twitter.com/RpM8Wds1KB
— Speaker Larry Householder (@HouseholderOH) May 31, 2019
The scandal in Houston came about when the activist group Houston MassResistance found out Alberto Garza, a 32-year-old drag queen who goes by the name Tatiana Mala Nina and was scheduled to appear, was convicted of assaulting an 8-year-old child.
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said then the library’s assurances that children were not left alone were of “little comfort to community members, who were stunned that anyone would be so lax about kids’ safety.”
The city of Long Beach, which is located in the district of Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., promoted the event with a graphic that clearly targeted young children.
— City of Long Beach (@LongBeachCity) October 12, 2017
The Church of Satan tweeted, “Hail Satan!” in response to one parent’s criticism.
Hail Satan! https://t.co/ug7ut1qGWE
— The Church Of Satan (@ChurchofSatan) October 16, 2017
WND previously reported an animated show about “toddler drag queens” called “Drag Tots!” featured voicing from “famous drag queens,” including RuPaul. Then there was the Netflix cartoon “Super Drags.”
Columnist Linda Harvey expressed concern when libraries “devised another method for mental molestation of youth.”
“Middle and high-schoolers are invited to a private ‘safe space’ session with a garishly dressed she-male to explore what ‘drag’ is all about,” she wrote. “And adults are excluded – until the public hears and cries ‘foul.'”