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”.
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“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.
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