Over 500 people showed up to the Brentwood Community Center in support for Drag Queen Story Hour after a small group of anti-LGBTI protesters deemed the event ‘inappropriate’ for children.
The library was not expecting such a huge turnout where Drag queen Bella Aldama read children’s stories to the youngest guests.
A spokeswoman Brooke Converse told SFGate,
“The Contra Costa County Library is proud of the event. Our mission is about bringing people and ideas together. We want to be representative and inclusive of everyone in our very diverse county and community.“
But some members of the community were not so thrilled about. When East County Today, a local East Bay website, posted news of the event they were bombarded with Facebook comments — some of which were positive, but many of which were critical.
Aldama told KTVU,
“I never received this response in the other events. I have never seen so many negative comments in one day.“
Drag Queen Story Hours have been going on across the country for a while now, so it was not clear why this one was so controversial.
But most of the feedback before the event was positive. Converse said,
“The biggest surprise has been how much positive feedback we’ve received. For every negative comment, there have been multiple comments in support.“
But just in case, the Brentwood police department provided six uniformed officers to oversee the event.
Aldama said to the press at the event.
“There is nothing wrong with reading a children’s book that display diversity and different gender identities. We are all different, and everyone deserves respect and love. We are not trying to teach or brainwash anybody. Drag is just a form of gender expression.“
(Photo, YouTube; via Gay Star News)