“Drag Story Time” in Dublin was cancelled due to homophobia

Organised by the Glitter Hole, the “Drag Story Time” is a group reading for children with Drag Queens reading stories and promoting inclusiveness.

Their main goal was to provide families with “glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models”, and was due to take place as part of a summer series at the library on June 26.

Sadly, over the weekend the group was targeted by “a frighteningly large group of bigots who believe that a few drag queens reading books to children amounts to child abuse”.

The DLR cancelled the group reading citing up “age appropriateness” as reason for this action.

“The implication here is that the content of our drag shows for adults has deemed us inappropriate children’s storytellers. There is no mention in this statement of the safety concerns for the performers and audience of the event due to the ongoing abuse we’re receiving online.” Says the post on Facebook from Glitter Hole.

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown libraries express that they “object to homophobia in all its forms” and they “reserve the right to remove content or any type of comments that may be considered offensive abusive or defamatory”.

“Health and Safety is always at the forefront of our concerns. We would like to reassure the public that this event is age-appropriate and family-friendly.”  Alleged the DLR statement.

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It is with a heavy heart that I have to announce that our upcoming Drag Story Time event has been cancelled by @libraries.dlr We were contacted by DLR last month and asked to put on one of our drag storytelling performances to celebrate Pride and I wasn’t aware that it had been announced by them yet. Over the weekend we have been inundated with extremely violent homophobia from a frighteningly large group of bigots who believe that a few drag queens reading books to children amounts to child abuse. The library decided that the event was a safety risk, which we accepted given the scale and gravity of the vitriol that was being spewed on twitter. However, the statement issued by DLR last night cites “age appropriateness” as their reason for cancellation. The implication here is that the content of our drag shows for adults has deemed us inappropriate children’s storytellers. There is no mention in this statement of the safety concerns for the performers and audience of the event due to the ongoing abuse we’re receiving online. It seems like the most despicably archaic homophobia to me that DLR have labelled the queer people the risk in this scenario. The irony is that we were booked for Pride and yet after having hate speech directed at us all weekend, DLR have responded to that by deciding that we are incapable of providing an age appropriate family event. We have performed drag story time three times now and the response has always been entirely positive. We believe in the importance of this event and are determined to continue presenting it.

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The Drag Story Time initiative has seen similar issues across the world, specially in Texas and New Zealand where some anti-LGBT+ backlash was felt.

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Miguel Soromenho

Miguel Soromenho

Miguel Soromenho Pereira is a Portuguese guy, born in November… a scorpion. Lives in Oeiras and studied Architecture and Game Development. Likes to play videogames, meditate, practice yoga and go to the gym. Works as Executive Director of Pois since January 2019.

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