Yes, the libraries in Lafayette are still being attacked for being a space for learning and exploration. The Lafayette Public Library is joining many others in hosting a story time by local drag queens. The positive impact of inclusivity and diversity through these events is felt in the communities we call home.
Now the Louisiana Family Forum is pressuring the Lafayette City Parish Council to take a position on the Library’s Drag Queen Story Time event hosted by the local Delta Lambda Phi chapter at University of Louisiana at Lafayette. You can find the Louisiana Family Forum’s call to action here.
No matter where you hail from, tell the Lafayette City Parish Council that you support the queens’ right to read – and everyone’s right to enjoy their public library as a place where diversity and inclusivity are celebrated!
If you live in Acadiana, tonight, Tuesday, September 18th, the Lafayette City Parish Council is meeting at 5:30PM and there will be an opportunity for public comment. We encourage you to attend and share your support for your public library and our shared values of love, respect, education and diversity.
Story times are about bringing families together to encourage literacy by reading children’s books in a fun way. Drag queens are performance artists, many of whom have children of their own. This is an activity that families can choose to attend. And every family should have the opportunity to use the public library no matter who they are or whom they love.
Remember the statement from the Lafayette Public Library:
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.
Executive Director, Forum for Equality