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Public Response: Drag Queen Story Hour

IN RESPONSE TO KOAA ARTICLE DATED 8/27/2018:

While many libraries across the U.S. do offer “Drag Queen Storytime,” Pikes Peak Library District does not provide it as a library-sponsored program. If ever offered or sponsored, the program would be part of a larger exploration of diversity as well as contextualized for children and families in a broad frame of respect for individuality and difference.

The “Drag Queen Story Hour” by Sarah Bellum, which is taking place at Penrose Library on September 1, is sponsored by Club Q. This program is offered by a member of the community under the auspices of another organization and is not sponsored by the library.

We make our meeting rooms available to the public, and all community members are allowed to use them for any purpose as long as it does not violate our Meeting Room Policy. This use does not violate our policy in any way.

Click here for PPLD's offical statement.

Comments

I am very saddened and frankly, angry, that PPLD would allow this in their libraries, whether you are officially sponsoring it or not. You have the right and the ability to deny use of your space anytime and to anyone you want. Would you allow someone to come and display a collection of weapons and teach children about them? I doubt it. If men want to dress as women, fine. But, to me, exposing our innocent children to such perversion is just as dangerous as having them sit in a room learning about assault rifles. I am extremely disappointed in the library's stance on this, and it should not be tolerated.

We make our meeting rooms available to the public, and all community members are allowed to use them for any purpose as long as it does not violate our Meeting Room Policy. “Drag Queen Story Hour” and Club Q’s use of our meeting spaces do not violate our policy in any way.

I'm very excited for this event as it is a safe place to teach children about diversity, I will be bringing my children and hope to see this become a regular occurrence

I recently saw a petition to stop this sort of event happening at your library and wanted to stop by and commend the Library for protecting our public spaces to be used for public use. Drag story hour offers an opportunity for people to model inclusivity to children and show them that there are many different types of people in this world who also deserve respect. I think an even greater perversion of society is how children who don’t confirm to the very strict gender norms that are imposed upon them are committing suicide at a higher rate. Inclusion shows those at risk that they have a place in society with all our varied types of people. Assuming that people who do drag or don’t gender conform are perverted somehow is incredibly short-sighted and lacks empathy. If you disagree don’t participate in such events but don’t deny others their space in society because of your personal viewpoints. If this isn't the type of event that you believe is appropriate for your family or children, perhaps don't attend? There are still people out there who will benefit. If the parents of other children want to make that decision for their families, why should they be denied that chance solely because there are dissenting viewpoints?

I think it's great the library is doing this, and I think the blow-back is unfounded. People are letting their personal perceptions and unresearched biases cloud the fact that there is nothing in the least morally wrong about this program; it's a wonderful idea for children.

I am disappointed with how the librarians are taking a hands-off approach to this issue. I consider librarians to be responsible for the education and well-being of the children in the community, and I do not see them taking any responsibility or stance against this issue. Any good educator of children knows that to confuse young children about gender identity roles at a young age is child abuse. The librarians had a chance to put a stop to this and decided to hide behind their room policy (which is flawed and incomplete, by the way). If the librarians aren't working to protect the children of this community from predators (such as drag queens with their own sick agendas), then I believe the librarians are failing at their duties.

Drag queen story hour is inappropriate entertainment for children. Drag queens have been and continue to be associated with adult entertainment. Why are you not taking a stand for the protection of the children? Perhaps you should consider rewriting your meeting room policy if it makes provision for a "children's" program with content that should be restricted to adults only.

We make our meeting rooms available to the public, and all community members are allowed to use them for any purpose as long as it does not violate our Meeting Room Policy. “Drag Queen Story Hour” and Club Q’s use of our meeting spaces do not violate our policy in any way.

Thank you for holding this event despite the threats. It was beautiful and the supporters outweighed the people upset by the event. They did nothing wrong, simply reading to children. We cannot let hate win and it’s not okay for people to bully others under the premise of religion.

The whole point of a policy is to follow it. Anyone who follows the policy is allowed to use the space. I don’t see a problem with letting a local taxpayer use the public space they paid for. I hope I am never prevented from freedoms I’ve earned by silly citizens. Go ask a veteran what it means to defend someone else’s freedom.

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