A California town's effort to host drag queen story hours has intensified, but concerned parents and citizens will not be deterred.
For months, citizens of Chula Vista have been trying to convince Mayor Mary Casillas Salas (D) and city council members to keep drag queens from leading story hours with toddlers at the local library, but to no avail.
Lorena Ambriz, a local resident and part of MassResistance Chula Vista, recently presented her argument to City Councilman Stephen Padilla in a private meeting.
"From the beginning, he was not very friendly with me," Ambriz reports. "He talked, but he started getting very upset with me. And then I mentioned what I felt -- that there's some link between drag queen story hour and pedophilia, and … the people who are supporting these are participating in these efforts, when he got really offended."
Padilla, who is openly homosexual, was so enraged by the statement that he told Abriz he was going to call the police on her, then he abruptly left the office.
"One of his Chula Vista workers came and escorted me outside," Ambriz accounts. "While I was outside speaking with another council member, police came, police saw me, and they, of course, realized that I was not being afraid and I was not doing anything wrong."
Ambriz says that interaction with Councilman Padilla reflects the reception she and her fellow opponents have encountered on this issue. Even so, she asserts there is no chance they will be deterred or silenced, as the issue is crucial to the well-being of the city's children.