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Plot twist: City aims to bring back drag queen reading hour this summer

March 22, 2019 GMT

Houston Public Library officials said Friday they intend to bring back the city’s Drag Queen Storytime program this summer, an announcement that comes after the program was shuttered over recent news reports that a participant was a registered sex offender who had previously sexually assaulted an 8-year-old child.

“HPL is taking this time to re-organize the program, improve upon policies and procedures and to explore other collaborative partnership opportunities,” the library said in a statement.

In an open letter published in Houstonia magazine Wednesday, the program organizers said they are shuttering the story hour “to protect the lives and livelihoods” of participants following threats by anti-LGBT groups. The city is aiming to bring the program back to the Freed-Montrose library branch.


A conservative anti-LGBT group, MassResistance, discovered that a registered sex offender had participated in the program before the city began performing background checks on readers.

The library has apologized for the incident.



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