(Heather Clark – Christian News) A library system in Minnesota is raising concern as it recently announced that it will be hosting three “over-the-top” drag story hours in June and July, billing the event as being geared toward families and suitable for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and teens.
“Come meet some fabulous drag queens and kings at the library! They will read stories, sing songs, and strut their stuff for an over-the-top story hour. All ages welcome,” a press release from the Saint Paul Public Library system reads.
The events coincide with homosexual and transgender pride month, and is being held in conjunction with the organization Flip Phone, which features a number of risque photos on its social media pages. The story hours are stated to feature two drag performers each, which include women dressed as men, also known as “drag kings,” at some events.
“Drag pushes people to break boundaries and explore creativity,” remarked Flip Phone Founder Chad Kampe. “At a very young age, we are taught to embrace our differences. Drag not only provides an opportunity to embrace who we are, it allows for us to broadcast and share who we are with the world.”
The first event was held on Monday evening at the Rondo Community Library and featured drag performers Utica and Sasha Cassadine, who read stories, sang songs, and danced with the children in attendance. One of the stories read was “Julian Is a Mermaid,” a book about a boy who wants to dress up like a mermaid after seeing three women do so.