This August the Texas City Council voted 5 to 2 to end renting out library rooms to the public after a firestorm by concerned parents over a controversial “Drag Queen Story Hour” presentation became public.
The controversial event came to light after it was discovered a “Drag Queen Story Hour” event had been scheduled on June 15th at the library in Leander, a suburb of Austin.
Local flyers and a library posting advertising the event alerted parents and concerned citizens that the so-called “story hour” reading was targeting children.
“Houston Mass-Resistance”, a local pro-family organization released a detailed background check on drag queen Valeri Jinxy Abrego detailing his presentation and reading.
The activist group uncovered that Abrego dressed in drag would begin reading inappropriate sexually explicit content to the children, accompanied by adult photos. Once that information was disclosed an immediate backlash ensued, demanding that the City Council intervene.
The Council decided the library could not sponsor the drag queen event, but ultimately allowed a private group, the LGBT activist Church of the Open Cathedral, to rent space at the library to host the drag queen presentation. The library then closed to the public on the day of the event, except for the story hour that was then termed a “pride” presentation.
However, over 300 protesters, showed-up outside the library was something that the City Council hadn’t counted on, surpassing anything the small community of Leander ever experienced, in terms of security.
At the end of the day, the Mayor Troy Hill estimated that the cost for security was around $20,000, compared to the actual rental fee for the one-hour presentation of $1,800.
“That’s not good math to me,” Hill acknowledged to NBC affiliate KXAN.
However more importantly than a bad investment, was the Council’s 6 to 1 vote after this troubling experience, requiring a detailed background check for individuals renting a library room for any activity, moreover presenting anything to children 17 years of age and under, within the community.
According to the Drag Queen Story Hour website, the aim of the event is to “present gender fluidity as a positive quality children should accept and even emulate.”
It’s worth noting the two Council members who initially opposed the 5-2 ruling, Christine Sederquist, and Kathryn Pantalion-Parker.
“We already have things in place to protect our citizens and ensure costs,” Sederquist said in response. “There’s no reason to take away something from them,” she said of the motion to end rentals of library property. Sederquist said while she disagreed with the vote, she respected her fellow council member’s decisions.
Pantalion-Parker also chimed in, “We have one issue that occurred in a magnificent city, our little city of Leander, one issue happened, and now it’s punishing everyone who does play nice in the sandbox, follows the rules and behaves themselves.”
Houston MassResistance discovered drag queen Alberto Garza, who uses the name Tatiana Mala-Nina when reading to young children, had been convicted in 2008 of sexually assaulting an eight-year-old boy. The Houston library system had failed to perform a background check on Garza or any of the other drag queens appearing in its programs at the time.
Mary Elizabeth Castle, Policy Advisor for Texas Values, stated, “The City of Leander made the right decision to protect the children of Leander from these dangerous Drag Queen shows at the public library.”
— Texas Values (@txvalues) August 17, 2019
This thankfully negates the absurd suggestion by Christine Sederquist that a background check isn’t required; these are emotionally fractured individuals, who are in some cases sexual predators, dressed in colorful garb to entice young children.