Woodstock Library's Drag Story Time draws large crowd
William J. Kemble reports in the Daily Freeman that the Woodstock Library's Drag Story Time and Sparkle Party on June 17 was packed with about 150 children and the same number of adults during 90 minutes of storytelling. The library's board got three complaints about the event beforehand, and held a public forum with the board voting to go ahead with the event. Only three people protested at the event, and only one would give their name. Town resident Tom Jenkins said, “The people who are allowing this have to separate education and the art of the drag queen.... I’m not … anti-anybody but when it comes to grooming our children and putting the sexuality of children on the line with a drag queen, who little kids wouldn’t understand, I don’t get it. It’s entertainment for adults … to see it, appreciate it, and applaud. But a little child is very, very confused, and parents who are bringing their kids here ought to go to a psychiatrist.” Parent Amie Bradon disagreed, saying, “This is good because they can ask any questions they want and as someone who is not gay, trans or has interest in being anything other than a straight, boring mom this is a way to work on acceptance and letting my son know that they can live in a world with differences.” Read more about this story in the Daily Freeman.