VA’s Dolley Madison Library Offers ‘Drag StoryBook Hour’ for LGBTQ ‘Pride Month’

By Elisabeth Nieshalla | June 29, 2021 | 1:01pm EDT
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(CNS News) -- To celebrate “Pride Month,” the Dolley Madison Library in McLean, Va., offered a “Drag StoryBook Hour” on June 26 with a target audience of “babies and toddlers, preschoolers, and school age children.”

“Celebrate Pride Month by attending Drag StoryBook Hour cosponsored by Fairfax County Public Library and The McLean Community Center. Registration required. All Ages,” says the registration page. The library is in McLean, Va., which is in Fairfax County in Northern Virginia, close to the nation’s capital.

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A Drag StoryBook hour is precisely what it says: men dressed in drag and make-up to look like women who read and converse with the children. Such story times have become increasingly popular at libraries across the country, but Dolly Madison Library received criticism for its event.

The Faifax Republican Party posted the library’s “Drag Storybook Hour'' description to Twitter calling it “outrageous,” particularly for claiming a target audience of young children.

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There was also a virtual “Rainbow Families Storytime” offered on June 28, which was described as, “Inclusive, affirming stories and songs to celebrate rainbow families, self-expression, and Pride Month.”  Its target audience is “Preschoolers” or “Ages 2-7.”

The Dolly Madison Public Library is offering virtual events for teens as well with their June 28 “Teen Open Mic: Pride Month.

“Celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month and experience Fairfax's talented teens at our Teen Open Mic night,” the website description of the online event reads.

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“All teens in grades 6-12 are invited to perform a piece in celebration of Pride Month. Performances can include reciting poetry, reading excerpts, singing, dancing, describing artwork, acting, and more.”

According to the Library of Congress, "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. The Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States."

According to PBS, at the time of the so-called Stonewall Uprising in 1969, when gay patrons fought back against a police raid, the Stonewall Inn was owned and operated by the Mafia. The homosexual bar was well known as a site for sexual immorality and general debauchery. 

Today, the Stonewall Inn is a national monument that celebrates and promotes the LGBTQ lifestyle. 

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