Library moves ‘Drag Queen Story Time’ to larger location

LAFAYETTE, La. – Interest in a Louisiana library planned to “Drag Queen Story Time” is so high, that the event has been moved to a community college auditorium.

A message on the Lafayette Public Library’s web page states that the move of the Oct. 6 event from the library to the South Louisiana Community College’s Health and Sciences, auditorium because of concerns about the safety as a result of an expected overflow crowd.

Libraries and bookstores across the country have held programs in which people in drag reading stories to children. Some drew protests.

The Lafayette event is organized by the library and the university Umbrella Club, with lectures by members of the University of Louisiana-Lafayette chapter of Delta Lambda Phi, a fraternity of homo -, bisexual and progressive men.”

The comments of the public on a city-parish council last month were overwhelmingly supportive. At a library meeting last week, opponents appeared to outnumber supporters.

The books to read, “Strictly No Elephants,” “the Stars in the Sky, the Fish in the Sea” and “The Rainbow Fish.”

“It is absolutely not Elephants” is about a boy whose small elephant is excluded from a pets club. He is starting a new club with a girl, in which the non-stinky skunk was also excluded.

“The Stars in the Sky, the Fish in the Sea’ is about a child that can change into any desired form, but can not decide what to be. The child can choose from a boy or a girl, bird or fish, cat, or rabbit, tree or star. Classmates refuse the child at first.

“The Rainbow Fish” is shunned by the other fish after he refuses to make one of his beautiful scales to another fish. He makes friends by giving away all his scales, but one.

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