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Fall River Drag Queen Story Hour To Draw Protest

May 31, 2019

Opponents of a Drag Queen Story Hour event scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, June 1 at Fall River Public Library predict that several dozen people will protest it.

The event is one of dozens occurring around the country, designed to introduce children to biological men who dress up as women and perform in nightclubs to a largely homosexual audience.

The Massachusetts Family Institute, an organization that promotes Judeo-Christian values in public policy in the state, is organizing opposition to the event through a Protestant pastor in the area.

“These so-called ‘Drag Queen Story Hours’ present young children with men wearing hyper-sexualized versions of women’s bodies, reducing the concept of womanhood to large breasts and garish makeup. This fetishized misogyny is unhealthy on a number of levels,” said Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, in an email message to New Boston Post. “I have two young daughters, and it would be irresponsible for me or anyone to expose them to something like this.”

The Fall River library director, Liane Verville, told The Boston Globe that she has received about 50 calls opposing the event late this week, but also has gotten support for it. She said the library is going ahead with it.

“Libraries promote inclusivity and acceptance of all people. They’re part of our community; we should be able to represent them,” Verville said, according to The Boston Globe.




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