An art museum could find its support dwindling after hosting a drag show – and inviting children to participate.
The Susquehanna Art Museum in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, is the only dedicated art museum in the capital city. Diane Gramley of the American Family Association of Pennsylvania tells OneNewsNow the museum hosted a "Family Drag Show" last week.
"They were going to allow children to perform for free; and if their parents wanted to be there – not that any sane parent should even allow a child to do this – but if parents wanted to be there in the audience, they'd have to pay an admission fee to get into the museum to watch their child perform in drag," Gramley explains.
The museum's Facebook promotion described the event as "family centered" and one that would "promote empathy and acceptance and help make the world a safe and affirming place for all children."
According to the family advocate, hundreds if not thousands of people contacted the museum to voice their disapproval – but the facility let the show go on anyway.
Gramley says the event caught the attention of museum donors, too.
"[Donors] should reconsider their support, and I would hope that they would do that," she shares. "It's just disconcerting that they are willing to ignore the complaints of those who have frequented their museum – and I know that some folks have said they will never go to that museum again."
OneNewsNow has issued numerous reports on "Drag Queen Story Hours" being performed before children in libraries, but Gramley says they are apparently expanding now to museums and perhaps beyond.