Library cancels story time event after social media comments

by Gary Ibbotson
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Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council have announced that an upcoming story time event as part of Pride week will be cancelled.

The event, which was to be hosted by “DIY drag collective,” Glitter Hole, was due to take place on June 26 in Deansgrange Library.

Glitter Hole have said that they have hosted three other story time readings for children over the past few months and the reception has “always been entirely positive”.

The group say they were contacted by DLR Libraries last month and asked to put on a storytelling performance to celebrate Pride.

In an initial statement, DLR Libraries said that the event “was programmed as an age appropriate, family-friendly story time session.

However, following a review in terms of age appropriateness, this event will not now go ahead at this time, and may be rescheduled as part of a future Book Festival lineup.

Objections to the reading were initially raised online with some people saying that it was inappropriate for a drag group to read stories to children.

Glitter Hole say they have “been inundated with extremely violent homophobia from a frighteningly large group of bigots who believe that a few drag queens reading books to children amounts to child abuse.”

In a revised statement the council said it wanted to clarify that the cancellation was “due to our significant concern at the high level of degrading, inappropriate comments on social media about the performers and library staff.”

DLR Libraries have revised their statement to admit that the event was cancelled due to the volume of targeted homophobia rather than concerns over the “age appropriateness” of our event,” says Glitter Hole.

The group say they are still “awaiting an apology from them for the implications of their earlier statement.”

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