Rockford’s Drag Queen Story Hour goes on despite protestors

ROCKFORD — Drag Queen Story Hour took place at Rockford’s East Branch Library on Saturday, despite more than 100 protesters across the street. The Rockford Register-Star reported that people came from other states to protest the event, which is part of Rockford’s first Pride celebrations. From the Rockford Register-Star:
“It teaches children to ignore what’s natural,” Rockford resident Stephanie Loehr said. “It is not natural for a man to say he’s a woman and for a woman to say she’s a man. That ignores basic biology and, if you really want to educate children, they should be educated on truth and not on some lies based on how somebody feels.”

Jean Weymier traveled to Rockford from West Bend, Wisconsin, to protest the event.

Ohio lawmaker wants to ban Drag Queen Story Hour

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio speaker of the house is wanting to ban Drag Queen Story Hour because it “turns boys into drag queens.” WLWT, an NBC affiliate in Columbus, reported that Larry Householder, a Republican, sent a letter to the Ohio Library Council asking the program be shut down at public libraries. From WLWT:
The letter was sent the day before LGBTQ Pride Month began, upsetting members in the community. Householder wrote in part: “… taxpayers aren’t interested in seeing their hard earned money being used to turn teenage boys into drag queens.”

Pushback on Rockford’s Drag Queen Story Hour

ROCKFORD — The Rockford Public Library is hosting its first Drag Queen Story Hour as part of the city’s Pride celebrations, but some are objecting. The Rockford Register-Star reported that local residents objected to the event, and may have been unclear on the concept. From the Rockford Register-Star:
“A big, hairy man scantily dressed as a woman promoting homosexuality and gender confusion … is inappropriate for this age group,” Sandi Ware of Rockford — parent of two preschoolers — said about the Drag Queen Story Hour that’s for children ages 3 to 8. “Most lead bizarre lives as sex entertainers.”

Amy Newburn of South Beloit, a teacher and ballet instructor who has preteen and teenage children, has similar concerns.

Anti-LGBTQ protesters pester idyllic Bay View

From Blogging Blue

BAY VIEW, Wisc. — The Bay View Community Center (BVCC) attracted some unwanted attention April 4, 2019 because of a story hour they were hosting. The story hour? 
“May the Fierce Be with You,” was the story hour’s theme, and it featured Star Wars-related titles, including a comic book and two picture books aimed at children ages two to eight. Seems like an appropriate theme for May the Fourth be With you day…but that wasn’t the issue…it was the presenters: the Drag Queen Story Hour. Named because a drag queen reads stories to children, the events were designed to promote imagination, diversity, education, and creativity.

Drag Queen Story Hour Easter Edition in Danville

DANVILLE — Drag Queen Story Hour is returning to eastern Illinois with an event at the David S. Palmer Arena in Danville. From the Facebook event:
Drag Queen Story Hour is a fun and important program that celebrates diversity in the way that children may dress and act. It encourages children to look beyond gender stereotypes and embrace unfettered exploration of self. Programs like DQSH encourage acceptance of difference and help to prevent bullying, while providing an enjoyable literary experience. 2-3 Stories will be read
Along with Coloring craft
And an Easter Egg Hunt!

Drag Queen Story Hour with Sharon ShareAlike & Ava ShareAlike on April 5

BLOOMINGTON — Drag Queen Story Hour returns to Central Illinois with Sharon ShareAlike and Ava ShareAlike at Bobzbay in Bloomington. From the Facebook event:
Bobzbay is proud to host Sharon ShareAlike and Ava J ShareAlike for Drag Queen Story Hour (also known as DQSH). The Bistro has generously offered to partner with us to help this event happen and we can’t be more grateful! This is our 4th (!!!) DQSH and we’re so happy to have the support from the community and great turnout that it’s happening again! This will be a fun, family friendly event for all ages!

Drag Queen Storytime cancelled at Louisville library

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.

Drag artist Florintine Dawn reads to the kids during the Drag Queen Story Hour.

Evansville TV station thinks Drag Queen Story Hour cost the police a lot. It didn’t

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — An Evansville television station posted a story about the potential costs for the recent Drag Queen Story Hour, thinking it could be up to $48,000. It actually wasn’t even close to that. WEHT-TV compared what happened in Greenville, South Carolina’s Drag Queen Story Hour, the cost was $48,000. When contacted, Evansville Police Department Sgt.