MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) – Protesters plan to be outside the Ben May Main Library on Saturday, September 8, they’re protesting the Drag Queen Story Hour to be held at that library that afternoon.
We spoke with the man who will be performing, he says he’s not letting the negativity get to him.
“In my mind, it was I’ll read to kids, we’ll dance around for a minute, we’ll do arts and crafts, it’ll be great,” said Wade Brasfield, who will be performing as Khloe Kash.
When Brasfield was approached to read to children as Khloe Kash, he jumped at the opportunity.
“I remember being a kid and going to the library and getting lost for hours in books,” said Brasfield.
Brasfield will dress in drag. The Drag Queen Story Hour will start at noon on September 8. Rainbow Mobile is sponsoring the event. They tell us this is a completely optional event, geared toward children, but anyone is invited to attend. This is the first time Drag Queen Story Hour to come to Mobile.
The drag queen, trained by a local elementary school teacher, will be reading storybooks to anyone who attends but the event is designed for kids aged 3 to 8, according to the event Facebook page.
Brasfield has been performing on stage as Khloe Kash for nearly 10 years. He saw it as a positive way to get kids excited about reading.
“It always is hard to see negative comments,” said Brasfield.
The Common Sense Campaign Tea Party is hosting the protest which is scheduled a few hours before the reading event is scheduled to begin. According to the event’s Facebook page, the protest begins at 9:55 a.m. on September 8th in front of the library at 701 Government Street.
In addition to the protests planned, some in the community have been outwardly against the event, including local pastors.
“We are just responding to what we think is not healthy for children,” said Fred Wolfe, the pastor at Luke 4:18 Fellowship.
The other objection, that it is at the public library.
“It’s being used in a public forum supported by tax payers money to promote something that we think is divisive in the community and does not bring harmony,” said Wolfe.
But both are hoping to share their opinions in a positive manner.
“What we’re doing is letting them exercise their freedom of speech and assembly and we’re going to do the same thing. And I think that is what America is all about,” said Wolfe.
“All I can do is send positive energy and love you know, hopefully, everybody can feel like they’ve had their voice heard,” said Brasfield.
Wolfe says they will be going to speak to both the city council and county commissioners about their concerns over the event next week.