October 21, 2021

New Jersey: Community Split Over New Jersey Library’s ‘Drag Queen Story Hour’ For Children

Report about the Drag Queen Story Hour at the Rahway Public Library. 

From CBS New York:

I think it’s fantastic to teach, to expose kids at an early age to something a little different so as they grow up it’s not a big deal,” attendee Seth Feld said.

Enter, Harmonica Sunbeam. Harmonica is a man dressed as a woman who reads to kids as part of the library’s “Drag Queen Story Hour” program. While it isn’t a required event, the fact that it’s held in a public library has drawn ire from some members of the community.

“It would just be confusing on their brain at a young age,” Rahway resident Jason Johnson said. “A man, dressed as a woman, reading books to kids. It just trips up their mind at a young age. I wouldn’t want my child to be confused with something like that at a young age.”

Flyers protesting the program were posted around town, reading “This event seeks to confuse kids as young as preschool age by presenting a feminine – or semi-feminine – looking person with a masculine voice.”

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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