LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Louisville Free Public Library has cancelled a Drag Queen Storytime that was supposed to be on March 30 at its southwest branch.
The Derby City Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence were going to be taking part in the event. The Storytime is separate from events that work with Drag Queen Story Hour’s national organization, both do have drag queens reading stories to kids and activities.
Louisville is just up the Ohio River from Evansville, Ind., which had it’s own controversy with DQSH.
From the Louisville Courier-Journal:
Lee Burchfield, the interim director of the Louisville Free Public Library system, told the Courier Journal on Friday that the decision wasn’t “because it was a Drag Queen Storytime,” but he repeatedly declined to provide a reason.
“We had to cancel this one, but we’re committed to hosting an event like this in the future,” Burchfield said.
Some comments suggested that Mayor Greg Fischer was behind the decision to cancel the event. A spokeswoman for Fischer, Jean Porter, told the Courier Journal that the library made the decision.
Burchfield confirmed that.
The Derby City Sisters said on their Facebook page they were looking for another venue so the event could still go on.
A lot of people responding to the Facebook post have been offering space for the event, from local bookstores to private backyards.by