Missouri lawmaker introduces bill to ban library Drag Queen events

"Miss Kitty Litter" reading to children at a "Drag Queen Story Hour" in the Austin Public Library in Austin, Texas. | Courtesy of Mass Resistance

A Missouri lawmaker is finally offering resistance to the wildly spreading trend of letting transvestites read to children in public libraries.

Under the bill proposed by state Rep. Ben Baker, a southwest Missouri Republican, public libraries that present “age-inappropriate material” could lose state funding. Librarians could even be fined or jailed for exposing children to gender/sexual deviancy, reports The Kansas City Star.

Baker said Thursday that the “Parental Oversight of Public Libraries Act” does not target books but is a reaction to Drag Queen Story Hours being held across the state.

“In some places — St. Louis, Kansas City and I think St. (Joseph) — they’ve had these drag queen story hours and that’s something that I take objection to and I think a lot of parents do,” said Baker, R-Neosho. “ … In a public space, our kids could be exposed to something that’s age-inappropriate. That’s what I’m trying to tackle.”

Drag queens are now planning a massive protest at the state capitol and they’re putting out the call for queens from around the nation to join them.

Since the first Drag Queen Story Hour was held in San Francisco in 2015, the events have spread through public libraries, museums and bookstores. More than a public service or activity, they have become a way to state political views and attempt to normalize genderr-bending behavior among the very young.

The St. Louis Public Library’s Drag Queen Storytime is one of its most popular events. Hundreds attend biannually, and it attracts some protesters.

The bill would give parents “recourse” to say they were “not OK” with the programming imposed on their community, Baker said. It requires each library district to create five-person oversight board of adults that would hold public hearings and make final decisions on whether “material” was age-inappropriate.

Inappropriate “material” would then be moved so it could not be accessed by minors. Librarians who do not cooperate could be convicted of a class B misdemeanor, and fined $500 with a year in jail.


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