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.
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.”
“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:
- 10:30 am – Sewing With Diane & Friends
- 11:00 am – English Conversation Group
- 3:30 pm – Teen Book Club
- 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
- 10:00 am – ARP Tax Aide
For more events at the Brentwood Library, visit: http://ccclib.org/locations/brentwood.html