Yet another city government has ignored public complaints about cross-dressing men reading to little children, this time in Pennsylvania.
Diane Gramley, president of the American Family Association of Pennsylvania, says a large crowd opposed the event in Haverford Township at a standing-room-only meeting of the township’s commissioners. Many also voiced support, she said.
Undeterred by the public opposition, the event went as planned on June 15.
A local newspaper reported a crowd of approximately 500 turned out to attend, forcing the library to hold two pro-LGBT events.
The newspaper story said "Balena Canto" read and sang to children "dressed in a white pantsuit, glittery fuschia stilettos - with eye shadow to match – bejeweled necklace, bracelets and earrings and flowers in her blond swept-up hair..."
Many protesters also showed up at the library, too. "This is a perverse sexual lifestyle and these are children, children that are not even old enough to be thinking about sex," one protester told the newspaper.
"Today is about democracy," Phil Goldsmith, president of the library's board of trustees, said in reference to denying the public push to drop the program.
Beyond just scheduling "Drag Queen Storytime” Gramley says the Haverford Township Library went the “extra step” and included other “Pride Month” events during the day.
This year’s story hour marked the second year the library hosted it. Last year’s event failed to garner much attention, she tells OneNewsNow.
"And because it's become such a hot topic, or there's so many drag queen story hours taking place around the country,” she says, “it has definitely gotten the attention of many, many people including Haverford Township citizens."