Opponents of Drag Queen Story Hour Tossed From Court
HOUSTON (Courthouse News) — Christian activists who tried to stop Houston libraries from hosting “Drag Queen Storytime” because it allegedly promotes the LGBT community’s “secular humanist” religion lack standing, a federal judge ruled Thursday, dismissing the lawsuit.
The nonprofit RADAR Productions, of San Francisco, started the series over a year ago, bringing drag queens to children’s story circles in libraries, schools and bookstores across America.
Three Christian men, including a pastor, sued Houston Public Library Executive Director Rhea Lawson and Mayor Sylvester Turner in October 2018 after an online petition and a protest outside a city library did not persuade Lawson to cancel the events that the library advertised as “an imaginative storytelling experience.”
“Picture books and songs shared by vibrant performers will excite and instill a love for reading for the entire family,” the library said on its website for the story hours it hosted once a month from August to December 2018.
Lead plaintiff Tex Christopher said in the lawsuit that “‘gay marriage’ is ‘fake marriage’” and that, as a Houston taxpayer and library cardholder, he has standing because the library specially ordered books for the story hours and made flyers for them.
Taken from a video posted to the “dragqueenstoryhour” Instagram page, this still shows Jessica Love, the author and illustrator of the “Julian Is a Mermaid,” reading her picture book with a drag queen on Nov. 3, 2018, at McNally Jackson Books in New York.