The Drag Queen Story Hour controversy has arrived in Louisiana with this invite: "Join us for an afternoon of books, songs, and activities led by drag queens from UL Lafayette’s Delta Lambda Phi chapter. Recommended for Ages 3 – 6 and their families." The fraternity's objective? "For young kids to understand ‘this’ is normal behavior, even if it may be different to some," Brad Parfait, a sophomore at UL-Lafayette told The Advocate.
"I am extremely concerned at the news that the Lafayette Public Library would hold an LGBTQ Drag Queen Story Time for 3-6-year-olds. While the fraternity performing this bizarre stunt claims that their LGBTQ Drag Queen program will teach diversity, it would no doubt expose children to affairs which are best kept amongst adults, and by tradition, private. I question the judgment of the Lafayette Public Library Board. Our children deserve library programming that is educational, reflective of our traditional American, Christian principled values, and very importantly, age appropriate. The Drag Queens certainly have 1st Amendment rights which all Patriots support. However, conservative Americans have the right to object to such an affront, and further, we have the right to - as a people - withhold funding for public entities which defy our common voice. Finally, the very purpose of this incredibly inappropriate event should be questioned. The intrusion of the LGBTQ Drag Queen realm into the Lafayette community, targeting our youngest children within a publicly funded venue, can only reflect the leftist agenda to deconstruct gender across America."
The issue before Lafayette residents is the wisdom of a public library subjecting 3 yr old children to the (adult) agenda of a sexually oriented fraternity. LFF strives to guide children to an understanding of human sexuality in an age-appropriate environment, free from political agendas. The “Drag Queen Storytime” can only have the effect of confusing the healthy development of young children.
Lafayette Parish Mayor-President Joel Robideaux and the Library are at odds on the issue. The Mayor ordered "the Library’s Board of Control to conduct a thorough review of its programming and approval process for taxpayer-funded events." The Library shot back, stating "The Drag Queen Story Time will share stories of individuality, openness, and acceptance with families seeking an opportunity to show their children that every person is unique and should be treated with equal respect."
LFF contends that "There is no appropriate way to introduce (age) inappropriate ideas to a child!" Our disagreement is not with the proponents of story hour or library officials, it's whether adult subject matter should be displayed before little eyes and at taxpayer expense.
I’m urging churches and individuals to contact your local library to volunteer for their Children’s Story Time. Find out if the library provides the reading material or if volunteer readers can select the books. Ask for their written policy on Children's Story Time. Then, let us know what they say and share your scheduled time and date with us!