FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — Fall River Public Library held it’s first “Drag Queen Story Hour” Saturday morning, despite opposition from members of the community.
Local drag queen Naomi Chomsky read to dozens of children and led a craft group for those who attended the event.
People from America Needs Fatima and Baptist Temple Church of Fall River prayed outside the library in protest of the event and held signs reading, “Dear God: Let NOT the little children be perverted by Drag Queen story hours!”
Just feet away stood a group rallying in support of the event, holding, “Keep Hate out of Fall River” signs. Both gatherings were peaceful.
Josh Kilby, also known as Chomsky, said he has been receiving support for the event.
“For every negative comment I’ve had, there’s been at least three or four positive ones,” he said.
Library officials said they had such a strong turnout that they had to hold three separate readings.
This event comes after Rogers Free Library in Bristol decided to cancel their “Drag Queen Story Hour” event due to threats of protests and possibly violence from residents.
Rogers Free Library said in a statement that the need for police presence at the event, “was not a welcoming and appropriate context for children and their families.” The event was supposed to be held on June 15.