Ft. Vancouver Library District introduced a new program called the ‘Drag Queen Story Hour’ at their city center library location in Vancouver on February 9th, 2019.
This inaugural event has stirred up concerns from some citizens. In an attempt to better understand the pulse of the district we are conducting this survey to better inform our Library Board of Trustees.
Below is an eye witness account of the event on February 9th 2019 @ Vancouver city center library:
“They played “I’m Coming Out” right before the program started. There were a couple of employees who lead the group in songs between three books the storyteller read. He read ’Teddy’s Favorite Toy’, about a boy whose favorite toy is a doll. “Every Day Dress Up”, about a girl whose mother suggests that instead of dressing like a princess, she could dress up as famous women in history, like Amelia Curie, Ella Fitsgerald, etc. The last one “Worm Loves Worm” was the one with the heavy hand. Two worms want to get married, but who will wear the tux and who will wear the dress? One ends up wearing the dress and a top hat, the other wears the tux and veil. Then it was the time for the dance party and crafts such as crowns and rainbow colored ribbons. It was noted that they didn’t do the create your own drag queen name or choose your pronouns exercises done at other drag queen events. The part that bothered me the most though, was the end. They put on music for the dance party and started the crafts. As we walked out I looked around and could better see the people, all the smiling, the laughing and dancing, and it felt like a victory party where they had won and the children were the spoils. And it was really disturbing”.
Drag Queen Story Hour is exactly that. A fully dressed drag queen is paid to read in the public library gender fluidity books to a target audience of 3 — 8 year olds. They also encourage the children to dress up themselves.
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