The Drag Queen Story Hour was anything but a drag in Mobile. Dueling demonstrations gathered outside the Ben May Main Library in downtown Mobile. In the end, hundreds of people packed the auditorium to listen to a drag queen read children’s stories. All in all, some moments were a little tense but no arrests and no violence. Organizers on both sides were just trying to make their points heard. The man who first decided to bring the story hour concept to Mobile said he wasn’t expecting this much of a turnout for an event designed to highlight tolerance.
“We’ve gotten so much positive support from this event that has more positive than negative, from my perspective it’s great, so many thanks from the community, it’s overwhelming,” said Rainbow Mobile Executive Director Bryan Fuenmayor. Throughout the morning, people demonstrating in favor of the story hour seemed to outnumber those demonstrating against the event by a more than two to one margin. The Common Sense Campaign, a local Tea Party affiliate, organized a demonstration against the story hour.
“This reading is age inappropriate we think that 3 – 8-year-olds we don’t think they need to be exposed to this kind of a message, these people can do whatever they want to do but the age is not the right thing. Turnout on par with what the library sees during summer performances.