Lafayette government releases statement in response to Drag Queen Story Hour at public library

LAFAYETTE, LA (WAFB) - The Lafayette Consolidated Government has released a statement in response to the planned Drag Queen Story Hour event, saying they don't approve library events and they did not authorize the library to put on the event.

Government officials say events at the Lafayette Public Library are not authorized or approved by the government.

The event is scheduled for October 6 at the Library Main Branch in Lafayette.

In response to public request, government officials are working to determine how the event was approved, who has the authority to cancel or move it, and what the process is for doing so. Mayor-President Joel Robideaux says he will be discussing the cancellation of the event or privately-owned alternatives with his appointment on the library's Board of Control.

The statement reads:

Our parish libraries are public spaces, with venues that any group or individual can reserve, on a non-discriminatory basis, as required by law. We have to be certain, however, that our internally approved programming is both appropriate and serves the needs of Lafayette Parish. That is the only way our library system will continue to enjoy the support from our community that it has historically received.

U.S. representative for Louisiana Third Congressional District Clay Higgins also released a statement condemning the organizers of the event and questioning the judgment of the Lafayette Public Library Board, according to reports written by KFLY.

The statement reads:

I am extremely concerned at the news that the Lafayette Public Library would hold an LGBQT Drag Queen Story Time for 3-6 year olds.
While the fraternity performing this bizarre stunt claims that their LGBQT Drag Queen program will teach diversity, it would no doubt expose children to affairs which are best kept amongst adults, and by tradition, private. 
I question the judgement of the Lafayette Public Library Board. Our children deserve library programming that is educational, reflective of our traditional American, Christian principled values, and very importantly, age appropriate.
The Drag Queens certainly have 1st Amendment rights which all Patriots support. However, conservative Americans have the right to object to such an affront, and further, we have the right to... as a people... withhold funding for public entities which defy our common voice. 
Finally, the very purpose of this incredibly inappropriate event should be questioned. The intrusion of the LGBQT Drag Queen realm into the Lafayette community, targeting our youngest children within a publicly funded venue, can only reflect the leftist agenda to deconstruct gender across America.

According to the group's website, the event "captures the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood and gives kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models."

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