WATERVILLE- An event at a children’s bookstore created controversy on Saturday afternoon.
The Children’s Book Cellar hosted a “drag queen story hour.”
Protesters staged across the street, with people speaking out against the event.
“We should let kids be kids and not let them be involved in any sort of sexual agenda at all,” said Robert Freeman, who was against the event. “I got nothing against homosexuals. This is just exploitation of children.”
The protest against the event drew out more than 230 counter protesters.
“Events like this are important because Pride Week helps bring attention to so much that needs to change in the world today and celebrates diversity, which is an inherent strength of our society,” Jim LaPierre, an ally of the LGBTQ+ community, told us.
Inside the bookstore, children listened to drag queens read stories.
“I don’t understand where it’s coming from,’ said Ophelia, one of the drag performers at Saturday’s event. “I’m just here to have fun and have a good time. If you want to bring your kid along and she’s going to have a good time, or he’s going to have a good time, or they’re going to have a good time, that’s all I’ll need at the end of the day.”
While everyone outside may not have agreed with the concept of drag queen story hour, inside was a different story.
“I thought it was really fun,” said Peyton, one of the children at the event. “They are beautiful.”