At the Michelle Obama Public Library in Long Beach, California, an extravangly-clad man wearing a wig and horns on his head read to children. A campaign to promote the Lesbian—Gay—Bisexual—Trans-identified—Two-spirit—Queer (LGBTQ) community among children, “Drag Queen Story Time” has featured several cross-dressers.

The horn-wearing Xochi Mochi revealed on Instagram his exploits at the library. He wrote, “I got to read to the children today and it was one of the best experiences I’ve been given as a drag queen.”

The event had been touted by the public library on social media on its official calendar of events. However, once the story became better known, the library’s social media accounts were scrubbed. On Monday, the library noted on Facebook that the government of Long Beach deleted an earlier post about the event because it had “received several hateful and harmful comments to the LGBTQ community [and] was no longer a productive conversation.

”Nevertheless, the library declared, “The Long Beach Public Library will continue to host events that celebrate the rich diversity of our City and all its residents.”

In other cities, drag queens have also been welcomed at libraries to read to children. For example, the Orlando, Florida, library had story hour where a drag queen read "A Peacock Among Pigeons" to families in the crowd.

 

Canadian progressives are not averse to exposing children to drag queens during story time. The Edmonton public library, for example, featured “Over the Rainbow Storytime” that offered performances by several drag queens.”

A tweet from the Edmonton library’s Twitter account announced, “Everyone enjoyed learning their drag queen name!”

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