October 22, 2018 at 1:06 pm EST | by Mariah Cooper
Anti-gay group sues Texas library for ‘Drag Queen Story Hour’

 

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Anti-gay activists are suing a Houston library for hosting “Drag Queen Story Hour,” a city-sponsored program where drag queens read books to children.

The group, which calls themselves Christ followers, announced outside the federal courthouse on Friday they want to sue the Houston Public Library for using taxpayer’s money to fund the program, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Christ followers argue that the storytelling hours aren’t age appropriate and should not be allowed if the library won’t also host “a man-woman marriage storytelling hour.”

The plaintiffs include Tex Christopher, a man who says he homeschools his children using library books, and Chris Sevier, who has notoriously opposed gay marriage. Sevier has filed lawsuits across the country including one where he asked to marry his laptop citing same-sex marriage as being just as unnatural as marrying a machine. Other plaintiffs are an evangelical minister and a woman who was in a custody battle with her husband who she says left her for a transgender woman.

The library’s director and Mayor Sylvester Turner are listed as the defendants who are promoting “LGBT doctrine.”

“Drag Queen Story Hour” takes place in cities across the country and has recently come under fire with various protests and threats, as noted by the “Drag Queen Story Hour” official Instagram.

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In recent months, DQSH has been the target of several attacks from those who wish to prevent us from spreading our message of love and acceptance to children around the world. For example, the Family Policy Alliance launched a campaign to urge legislators to stop DQSH events in libraries, and Pat Robertson released this rambling video condemning our work. Conservative groups and individuals have also staged protests outside of readings (including in Brooklyn and San Francisco), though we're proud to say that they've always been greatly outnumbered by LGBTQ families and our allies who support our work. And in some towns, local politicians are even putting pressure on libraries to cancel scheduled DQSH events. Please help donate to #dqsh #dragqueenstoryhour

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