LETTER TO THE EDITOR: PUBLIC LIBRARY SHOULD CANCEL “DRAG QUEEN STORY HOUR”
written by Vanderburgh County Resident Phyllip Davis
If the Drag Queen Story Hour was an event held by local drag performers without any additional resources being used by EVPL for the event, it would be fair game and definitely entitled under the fair use of a public facility. That is not the case with the event that will be held at the North Park library branch. This event is being put on by a touring production and they are being paid for their appearance through funding by EVPL. Additionally, part of the funds being used has come from the Public Education Foundation who awarded a grant to EVPL for LGBT programming. I would be one of the first to defend the right for local Vanderburgh County residents to be able to use the EVPL facilities for meetings like this or anything else, as their taxes pay for the facility.
I also support and believe that each and every one of us has the right to pursue their personal happiness and determine their sexual identity, gender and desires as long as it does not infringe on the rights of others or require others to finance their passions through the use of public funds.
Due to the rift that this has caused in our community, the public resources used by EVPL to host this event and deal with the fallout and surely the additional resources that will be required for public safety for the event, the library should cancel the event.