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Evansville public library: Locals wanted to bring in Drag Queen Story Hour

(Photo from Drag Queen Story Hour Facebook page)

EVANSVILLE — The Evansville-Vandeburgh Public Library has said they brought in a controversial Drag Queen Story Hour because of patron requests.

From the Evansville Courier & Press:

As nationwide publicity spread about Drag Queen Story Hour, a literacy initiative that promotes greater cultural understanding and acceptance, Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library officials began hearing from local individuals and families asking to bring the event here.

EVPL officials vetted the event and spoke with interested people. They took the request to a meeting of the library system’s Board of Trustees, which discussed the matter at length.

“Everybody talked, all seven board members,” said Bix Branson, president of the EVPL trustees. “I asked, is there anybody who wants to not have it at all, or does anybody who wants to delay it and have more time to think? Not one member took either of those positions.

“When we dismissed, all seven were in agreement that this was something the community had come to us and asked for, and something we should allow.”

Following that, Drag Queen Story Hour appeared on the EVPL schedule for 10 a.m. Feb. 23, at the North Park branch, 960 Koehler Drive, off First Avenue.

Since then, conservatives in this southern Indiana city near the Illinois border have been upset. The newspaper reported that Evansville City Councilman Justin Elpers called the event “reprehensible” on his Facebook page and state Sen. Jim Tomes, called the event “immoral” in a tweet and asked for signatures on a petition opposing it.

However, the Courier & Press reported, many of the comments have been supportive, and there’s a petition to keep the event at the library.

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