Vanderburgh County commissioners, council meeting about Drag Queen Story Hour

TSA President Wally Paynter speaking at the Vanderburgh Count Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 5. (Photo from screen capture)

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — The government bodies of Vanderburgh County have had the upcoming EVPL Drag Queen Story Hour at the center of their activities.

The Tri-State Alliance said on their Facebook page Wednesday afternoon that they were present at the County Council meeting with TSA President Wally Paynter scheduled to speak. The post also said their were rumors that the council would appoint an anti-LGBTQ member to the Evansville-Vanderburgh Public Library Board. The library board, so far, has not taken a formal position on the Drag Queen Story Hour set for Feb. 23.

On Tuesday, the county commissioners heard from residents about the board members the commissioners appoint. Some residents have called on the commissioners to remove one board member that had been supportive of the event. WEHT-TV reported that another board member had resigned over the Story Hour.

From WEHT:

Wally Paynter, the President of Tri-State Alliance, says that unfairly targets one person.

“I would like to ask commissioners to please have this public hearing in which we can have removed and replaced the one remaining library board member that this body appointed.”

“I think there needs to be more discussion on this to explain how libraries work but saying we should remove this one person because they didn’t take a vote on a specific book or a specific program. I think it’s throwing one person under the bus.”

Though WEHT said none of the commissioners said anything about the Drag Queen Story Hour on Tuesday night, they have in the past questioned the security at the event and threatened library funding.

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