Drag Queen Story Hour met with protestors at Bristol library

By: Ellie Romano



BRISTOL, R.I. (WLNE) – A controversial event at libraries across the country made its way to Bristol on Saturday. The event features drag queens reading to children. 

“The goal is to teach self-acceptance and the acceptance of others,” explained drag queen Ramona Mirage. 

The reading was originally scheduled for last month but was canceled after pushback from the community.

The event was eventually rescheduled for today.

“When I found out the story hour was being reopened, I honestly cried,” said Mirage.

Swarms of people for and against drag queen story hour protested outside the library.

“I will pick and choose when I will tell my children and grandchildren about that aspect of life,” said protestor Mary Ann Pignataro. 

Counterprotesters said programs like this are needed in 2019. 

“You have kids coming out at a younger and younger age,” said Alexis Koch. “It’s helpful for them to see it’s okay to be who you are.”

A full house came out for the reading, with people spilling out of the room. 

There will be another drag queen story hour next weekend in Providence. 

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