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Public libraries all across the country, including in Wisconsin, have been having Drag Queen Story Hour. The group’s website says it “is just what it sounds like—drag queens reading stories to children in libraries, schools, and bookstores.” The goal is to “[capture] the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood and [give] kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models. In spaces like this, kids are able to see people who defy rigid gender restrictions and imagine a world where people can present as they wish, where dress up is real.”

Wisconsin Family Action’s president, Julaine Appling, weighs in, “This is outrageous. A number of Wisconsin libraries held these events earlier this summer and others are likely making plans to host one. Parents, especially those who use the public library, need to find out if their library has held such a story hour or if they are planning to—and then get with other citizens to register an appropriate complaint with the library director and board. It’s time to speak up.”

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