Drag queen cops abuse for reading stories to children at a local library.

There have even been calls to shut it down.

‘Annie Depressant’ regularly reads children’s books about different families and being confident to kids in Melbourne libraries, but says there is no particular queer or gay agenda.

When Whittlesea library put up a Facebook post to promote Annie’s next reading, it received dozens of nasty comments calling the performer everything from “sick” and “evil” to “socialist” and “communist”.

“Who would subject their children to this mental illness,” one person wrote. “It’s official, the world has gone mad,” said another.

Shockingly, some have even gone as far as to label Annie a “paedophile”.

The library post was taken down due to the abuse.

Speaking on Sunrise, Annie says she was shocked and disappointed by the comments, but won’t let them stop her from her reading to children.

She argues that drag story time is important for children to learn the importance of diversity and inclusion, and the events were planned over a number of months with input from the libraries and parents.

The Library has sinced announced they will host an inclusive International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia & Transphobia (IDAHOBIT Day).

As part of IDAHOBIT Day, Whittlesea Library will be presenting a Rainbow Storytime where a local drag queen will join our librarians to read to participants.

Good on them! We are glad to hear they did not back down due to public pressure.

Would this cause you any concerns?

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  • Oh good grief. Unless this person is doing something abusive to the kids, people should be grateful to have someone giving their time to read to kids, something that is important and helps them learn.


  • It’s good the library didn’t bow to bullying. I’m happy if my child will pay attention to books not worried about who reads them.


  • I wouldn’t be concerned at all. Some people just like to winge!


  • No, it wouldn’t cause me any concern.


  • Teaches kids about diversity


  • Nope. Let the us embrace the difference in people

    • Diversity is so important and good on this library.


  • At that age I don’t think the kids will notice a thing about the drag queen’s appearance… plenty of adults dress up in weird costumes on kids TV shows..and this person is also reading a book… which also sounds good. However the content of the stories (if they depart from the stereotype family) might be different enough to get attention from some kids if they already formed an idea of the ‘traditional family’.


  • No it wouldn’t concern me. It gives a great opportunity to discuss differences etc with your kids too.


  • I might blink at her appearance if I wasn’t expecting a drag queen, but I wouldn’t be bothered beyond that 30 seconds.


  • No – this would no cause me any concern – good on the library for their stance.


  • Anything that gets interested in reading and learning has got to be a good thing in my books.


  • I think het name for school kids in inappropriate

    • I agree with you that the “surname” is defintely not appropriate. If a child has mental health issues or the parent does how does this situation affect the child. How old are the children that the stories are being read to and what is their content.


  • Why are people so weird about stuff like this. I can’t see an issue.


  • Incredible how people were so quick to judge, offend and abuse.


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