The American Library Association (ALA), a 57,000-strong group whose sole purpose is to to “promote library service and librarianship,” has resources available on its website supporting those who want to host peaceful and educational Drag Queen Story Hour events at local branches.
So naturally, the reactionary antigay hate group One Million Moms (OMM) — a group that only has 93,000 social media followers — has released its bazillionth petition equating queer people with pedophiles. Its petition demands that the ALA opposes Drag Queen Story Hour events nationwide.
One Million Moms wrote:
Public libraries are targeting our children by hosting these reading hours that are saturated in absolute filth. Our children are being “groomed” by drag queens under the disguise of education. Some drag queens have even admitted that their goal is to “groom” the next generation. Drag Queen Story Hour events are not enhancing learning but, instead, brainwashing our preschoolers and elementary-age children.
Both public and school libraries nationwide are hosting Drag Queen Story Hour events solely to indoctrinate children into transgenderism and homosexuality. The goal is to normalize the LGBTQ lifestyle, and the American Library Association is defending these efforts when it should be protecting our children and refusing to take part this abomination.
Naturally, their petition won’t work, partly because Drag Queen Story Hour actually increases family participation in libraries and because OMM isn’t offering anything in its place. OMM literally states zero benefits to the ALA giving in to their demands. So it’s unlikely the ALA will even bat an eyelid at OMM’s petition.
One Million Moms has a habit of picking on high-profile TV shows, movies, magazines and commercials. Their past moral outrage has been directed at Parents magazine for featuring a same-sex couple, an anti-smoking ad that mentioned erectile dysfunction, Highlights magazine for acknowledging the existence of gay people, Scholastic books for featuring LGBTQ-inclusive children’s books, the Roseanne reboot for featuring a non-binary child, a Disney cartoon series for its brief scene of two men kissing, a Zales jewelry commercial for featuring a lesbian couple and the fairy tale drama series Once Upon a Time for showing a lesbian kiss.
In related news, each year, the ALA publishes its Top Ten Most Challenged Books list, of books which have been requested for removal from a library, school, or university. Of the 11 books that got the most challenges in 2018, six were challenged because they have LGBTQ content — and the ALA estimates that only 3% of removal requests are officially filed. The number of targeted LGBTQ books could be far higher.