Opposing Protesters Clash Outside A Drag Queen Story Hour In Canton

Protesters and counter-protesters gather outside a Canton church where a drag queen story hour was hosted. Screenshot via @bryandozierphoto on Instagram.

What’s happening?

Protesters converged at a Canton church on Saturday both in support and opposition of a drag queen story hour for children in the area, Caroline Foreback reports for CBS Baltimore. The Canton branch of the Enoch Free Pratt Library has hosted similar drag queen story hours in the past, though this event at the Church on the Square in Canton was the first to draw protests. 

What were the protesters and counter-protesters saying?

The library advertised the story hour as an opportunity for children of all ages and their caregivers to  “listen to stories about having pride in yourself.” Meghan McCorkell, a spokesperson for the Enoch Pratt Free Library, said that these events help the library to promote literacy, and added “The Pratt library is always supportive of diverse voices and we always will be so we’re really proud to be here today.”

But some protesters told WJZ that they consider the story hour to be inappropriate. “It’s not about being against gays or the LGBTQ community, it’s about values for our children,” said protester Christopher Anderson.

Other parents, including Mia Carr who brought her son to the event, said they support the reading activity, regardless of who’s leading it. “Me and my son love story time no matter who is reading,” Carr said. “A kid can learn from anyone.” 

Anything else I should know? 

Some local lawmakers gathered outside of the church to support the library, including state delegate Luke Clippinger. Clippinger posted a photo to his Twitter page with a caption reading, “Hate tried to organize and shut down this event. The hate failed. We won and always will.” The drag queen story hour drew protests in other locations such as New York City, North Carolina, and Massachusetts. 

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