Marijke Rancie runs the Political Posting Mumma (PPM) Facebook page dedicated to promoting Christianity and denouncing the LGBT community.
At the end of March, PPM decided to single out Australian drag queen, Hannah Conda, who read to children at a Rainbow Families Playgroup.
PPM was ‘shocked’ that the globally popular idea of drag queens reading to children had finally reached Australia and told her followers not to “forget to bring a piece of fruit” to the event.
Hannah Conda told Gay Star News the original post,
“Wasn’t too bad… it was the comments and the shares of her post that you find the nastiness. There was numerous comments about ‘burning faggots’, there was likening drag queens and gay people to pedophiles. The list goes on.“
Oh, honey, what do we always say?
NEVER. READ. THE. COMMENTS.
One of Australia’s most popular drag queens, Hannah regretted reading them…
“I spiralled into a place where I felt unsafe, uncomfortable and really sad for the world. So it’s safe to say the last 48 hours have been a bit of an emotional rollercoaster.“
Hannah found all of this incredible as it happened over Easter weekend.
“These people base most of their arguments on the laws of God and Christianity. Yet they would use Easter Sunday, a holy day, to harass and be vile to someone they don’t even know…
I would like to ask her to come and see a show. Come and talk to the GLBTQ community. So she can actually interact with the people she berates. If she allowed herself to open up and see our side of the world, maybe she would be able to have some empathy and realise we are just people like her.“
PPM said that she ‘couldn’t possibly’ take Hannah up on her ‘kind offer’. She also declined to be interviewed in details for the story.
“Neither side are likely to change their viewpoint. In answer to your question, I couldn’t possibly take her (Hannah) up on that kind offer after many of her supporters have threatened violence against myself, my friends and my children.“
Hannah disagreed and said her motivation to read to kids was a selfless one,
“I feel sad for her, that publicly shaming events such as story time is what brings her joy. I feel that she is someone who one day will have karma come back around and she will have to deal with the same persecution she has been dealing out and allowing to happen on her page.
I love hanging out with kids. They are the coolest people in the world and are uninhibited by the world. They ask so many questions and in Drag Story Time they have the chance to ask things without being judged or scared of getting into trouble for offending someone.
I would just like her to open her mind to all the kinds of people in the world. She doesn’t need to agree with our lives, but to have some empathy and kindness and stop posting hateful things would make the world of difference.“
Have you ever been to a Drag Queen Story Time? Last year at RuPaul’s DragCon LA, there was barely a dry eye in the convention center after one took place there. They are so sweet and fun and joyous. How is it that the IDEA of something can be so scary that people denounce it before knowing whAt it is? I guess it’s just fear. Sad.
(Photos, Facebook; via Gay Star News)