Protesters surround drag queen reading event at library in Melbourne’s west
Proud dad and mom and their kids have hit again at protesters who surrounded a drag queen studying occasion in Melbourne’s west on Wednesday.
Melbourne drag queen Annie Depressant was studying to greater than 40 kids and their dad and mom at Werribee Plaza Library when demonstrators arrived.
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The ‘Drag Queen Story Hour’ began at 11am on Wednesday, and in keeping with the library’s web site – it was absolutely booked.
Households have been seen chanting, “we love drag queens” as they left the library, strolling previous these queued exterior.
The group held indicators studying, “drag queens confuse kids about self-image and id”, and “drag queen story hour is NOT SUITABLE for youngsters”.
One protester advised 7NEWS we should always, “let youngsters be youngsters”.
“Don’t sexualise them, don’t indoctrinate them. It’s too early, it’s not proper,” she mentioned.
In plenty of social media posts made previous to the occasion, trolls known as on the group to contact the native council and specific their “concern”.
Some even prompt sabotaging the ticketed occasion, by encouraging them to “e-book in” after which “clearly” not flip up.
‘Love and acceptance’
Many attendees jumped to the defence of the entertainer who often reads to kids about completely different households and being assured, however says there is no such thing as a explicit queer or homosexual agenda.
“It was superb, it was actually, actually enjoyable. All the children have been actually into it, it was actually actually cool,” a mom advised 7NEWS.
“Should you can’t love and settle for everyone, what’s the purpose of standing exterior”.
“I liked it,” a baby chimed in.
This isn’t the primary time certainly one of Annie’s studying occasions has sparked heated debate.
Preventing again tears, Annie advised 7NEWS, “they don’t know…sorry”.
“When it first occurred to me I used to be heartbroken for days.”
A post promoting one of Annie’s readings in May 2019 acquired dozens of nasty feedback calling the performer every thing from “sick” and “evil” to “socialist” and “communist”.
“Who would topic their kids to this psychological sickness?” one individual wrote.
Annie has been doing ‘Storytime With Youngsters’ for 12 months and says protests will solely additional encourage drag queens to talk a message of inclusiveness and equality.
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It’s the newest library protest to spark heated debate after an analogous protest occurred in Brisbane final week when a conservative student group protested a Drag Storytime event at Brisbane Square Library after describing it as “ethical filth” with an agenda to sexualise kids.
The video was condemned on social media, whereas the Queensland Liberal Nationwide Social gathering instantly distanced itself from the group.