Protesters storm drag queen reading event, leaving children ‘crying’
A bunch of protesters have been captured on movie loudly storming right into a kids’s story time in Brisbane to confront two drag queens.
The members of the College of Queensland’s Liberal Nationwide Membership interrupted the “Drag Queen Story Time” being held on the Brisbane Sq. Library on Sunday, The Courier Mail experiences.
Footage exhibits one of many drag queens confront the gang of 15 to 20 protesters as they chanted “drag queens are usually not for teenagers” repeatedly.
So the UQ Younger Liberals determined to interrupt story time at a public library the place a drag queen is studying to kids solely to be abused by homophobic slurs @LiberalAus. What are they doing to assist the group? pic.twitter.com/dB7zXeVL7i
— CORY (@corydunco) January 12, 2020
Johnny Valkyrie, a LGBTQIA activist who attended the event as her drag queen persona Queeny, stated in a while Fb kids attending the occasion have been left crying and their mother and father have been distressed by the incident.
“Right this moment, myself, drag queen Diamond, the Brisbane Library employees, the households and their kids have been aggressively confronted by a number of people from the UQ Liberal Nationwide Membership who burst into the occasion area, shouting and making vilifying feedback in opposition to LGBTQIA+ folks,” Mr Valkyrie stated.
“This was deliberate and focused at me. It harm and affected so many others. I’m sorry.
“Diamond and I have been sufferer to vilification, harassment and nuisance,” he stated, including that he’s extra “involved concerning the kids and households who have been uncovered to their hateful, aggressive rhetoric”.
Police have been referred to as to the library and a safety guard wrangled the protesters exterior.
Taking to social media after the incident, the UQLNC stated it had taken a “stand to defend LNP values against a corrosive gender ideology”.
“We imagine that the usage of ratepayer cash on hiring Drag Queens … is deeply inappropriate and doesn’t align with the LNP values the Council must be selling,” the group stated.
Rainbow Households Queensland has held the occasion 4 instances at the side of the Brisbane Metropolis Council.
The Liberal Nationwide Social gathering disendorsed UQLNC final yr for not sharing its values, in accordance with The Courier Mail.
Vicki Howard, a Liberal councillor for the town council, stated both drag queens at the story time are registered to work with children and are trained entertainers.
“It is a very profitable occasion that has been held 4 instances in Brisbane over the previous two years and staging this occasion displays the values of Brisbane Metropolis Council, of inclusion, tolerance, range and celebration of all members of our Brisbane group,” she stated on Fb.
“The group that staged this protest at this time has no affiliation with the LNP and the actions of this small group of narrow-minded people is appalling.
“The small group of individuals concerned on this utterly inappropriate show don’t in any approach signify how we as a Council and the LNP feels, and it’ll not and by no means can be tolerated.”
Video footage of the protesters precipitated a stir on-line, with many individuals outraged with the remedy of the drag queens.
“How traumatising for the youngsters, mother and father, lecturers and the drag queens performing!” a person stated.
“I hope Rainbow Households QLD and BCC libraries nonetheless proceed to carry the storytime occasions,” a lady urged.
“What appalling, nasty, impolite behaviour by these self-righteous younger liberals. I’d relatively my grandchildren have been learn a narrative by a drag queen than a younger liberal any day of the week. Drag queens are smarter, kinder, funnier and far more trendy – and that’s only for starters,” creator and Walkley Award winner Jane Caro wrote.
One other man stated he didn’t have something in opposition to drag queens however he didn’t agree with them studying books to kids.
Yahoo Australia has contacted the College of Queensland for remark.
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