Drag Story Hour event gets pushback from Lancaster County officials; protest at county meeting

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – A Drag Story Hour event for children at the Lancaster Public Library is getting pushback from elected officials, including two county commissioners, Josh Parsons and Ray D’Agostino.

Both Parsons and D’Agostino took to social media to air out their concerns with the event, saying it’s not appropriate for children.

“This performer is an adult performer. It’s not appropriate in a public venue, in a public library, and it’s certainly not age-appropriate for toddlers, children and babies as it’s been advertised,” Commissioner Parsons said.

The performer is Miss Amie, who does adult shows for those 21 and up. On other occasions, Miss Amie does educational readings for children, including LGBTQ works.

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The Wednesday public meeting took longer than expected after protesters voiced their opinions at the microphone.

Protesters believe that if Miss Amie is not mixing her agenda between her two audiences, there is no harm.

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“I think if you were to say that people shouldn’t be allowed to perform in front of children that also do adult shows, that would be kind of dismissing the freedom of expression were guaranteed in the Constitution,” protester Tom Roe said.

“It’s not about any of these other issues,” Parsons said. “It’s about whether the library has chosen to do a very political event that’s not age-appropriate.”

House Republican Leader Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) weighed in on the matter.

“Instead of remaining neutral in some of the most divisive issues of our time, the Lancaster Public Library has clearly thrown its doors wide open for one exclusive set of values – one that is not reflective of the majority of our community. Whether it is in our public schools or our public libraries, the hyper-sexualization of our children at publicly supported institutions must come to an end.”

The commissioners can’t shut down the event. Only parents can make the decision to attend with their children. Many are picturing a good turnout.

“I just envision children and their families making a special day out of it,” protester Barry Russell said.

The Drag Story Hour is scheduled for Mar. 23 at 1 pm at the Lancaster Public Library.

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