More than 400 Attend Brentwood Library Drag Queen Storytime Event

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The February 11 Drag Queen Storytime hosted by the Brentwood Library brought our more than 400 people in support of the event at the Brentwood Community.

The packed room had more than 400 people in attendance to support the event where drag queen Bella Aldama entertained the crowed with a song followed by reading three children’s books.

Still, some did not agree with the event with a group of around 25 outside hosting a prayer circle while at least two people protested across the street urging people to boycott the event.

Brentwood police had about 6 officers on hand as a precaution after the event announcement sparked controversy online where more than 1200 comments were posted both supporting and against the event.

Previously, Aldama explained that Drag Queen Story Hour is reading a children’s book about diversity.

“Drag Queen Story Hour is an event that has been created to raise awareness for kids and families through literature. There is nothing wrong with reading a children’s book that display diversity and different gender identities,” said Aldama.  “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.”

Aldama added.

“I am really excited and thankful to visit the Brentwood Library. I know that many people might be opposed to this event. At the end of the day, we will take home a message of inclusiveness, self-acceptance and self-love,” said Aldama.

Brooke Converse, spokesperson for the library system, explained the event is not aimed to push an agenda or showcase drag in general, but rather it is just a performance.

“We stand by the event,” said Converse. “Part of the misunderstanding is what the event is and isn’t, this person is a performer who will sit and read to kids. It’s just a person in costume and reads books to kids about being inclusive and love. They may have a few laughs and that is it.”

This was the third event Aldama has performed at a county library and hopes to perform at more in the future.

 

Upcoming Brentwood Library Events:

Feb 13

  • 10:30 am – Sewing With Diane & Friends
  • 11:00 am – English Conversation Group
  • 3:30 pm – Teen Book Club

Feb 14

  • 10:30 am – Stay & Play for All Ages
  • 11:30 am – All Ages Storytime
  • 4:00 pm – Free Homework Help
  • 6:30 pm – Open Mic at Brentwood Community Center

Feb 16

  • 10:00 am  –  ARP Tax Aide

 

For more events at the Brentwood Library, visit: http://ccclib.org/locations/brentwood.html


16 COMMENTS

  1. If they have to waste taxpayer dollars by having 6 officers on hand at a library event, it’s an event that shouldn’t happen. I’ve never heard of officers on hand at a library event. Unbelievable.

    • Nick, they were there because of the protesters, not the event itself. Kids are very observant and most probably picked up on the puritanical insanity of the protesters, meanwhile oblivious that it was someone in drag reading them a book.

      • I know it’s because of protesters. But it’s still a waste of taxpayer money. A “real” event at the library won’t attract protesters. It’s a library in the suburbs, not Castro St.

    • They had to have 6 officers on hand because of the homophobic idiots in our society. Don’t like something, don’t attend.

    • And for an ugly one. They should have gotten one from the Asia Sf club. Asia Sf have better looking drags. Brentwood just went to the homeless shelter and dressed up some ugly bum for publicity. Brentwood used to full of hard working farmers that were respected now it is full of Fucking hippie but jobs. Fuck the LGBQT!!! God hates fags

  2. what a wonderfully inclusive opportunity for all who were willing to accept it for what it was; someone was reading to children about acceptance. i applaud Brentwood Library, and Bella Aldama for this.

  3. The question is, Why ? A huge percentage of those kids have no idea what a drag queen is. After the event I wonder how many parents explained to their kids what a drag queen actually is. At those young ages they still will not understand. It is all fun and games.This was more for conditioning parents. This is today’s education to condition people to a specific thinking. It looked like alot of fun for children and entertainment for adults.

    • I assure you that just like me many others would’ve joined the other 25 people outside if I had known of this atrocity. I have a two kids and I rather take them to a real cultural event than this. It’s embarrassing what this society has come to.

  4. Teaching moral decay to young children. Pushing that agenda again. Since when is sexual perversion to be embraced as a natural way. Satan is alive and well in our world. Making things evil to look normal and to persecute those who oppose the evil. My rock and my stronghold is Jesus, and I hang on for dear life.

  5. This is absolutely disgusting!
    These so called parents are brainwashing their own children. I for one was out there protesting and was sickened to see this perversion in our city. I pray these parents repent and seek God. My heart breaks for these children who are being taught that this is acceptable. Read your Bibles, this is not ok!
    Im begging you parents, wake up and start attending a Good bible based church instead of dragging your innocent children to such a disturbing event.

  6. I find it very interesting that this article didn’t mention what three books were read to the children and in the video posted they cut out the first book that was read: I am Jazz. Why not tell all the facts and let the families decide on their own if an agenda was being pushed?

  7. I thought this was a book reading?? What was with the perverted dancing?? I’m surprised those parents didn’t allow their children to put money in his panies.

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