Who Was In The Wrong?


Drag Queen Story Time is a popular activity for young kids in Brisbane. Essentially, it is drag performers reading stories to kids. Last Friday members for the QLD Liberal National Club entered the library while the reading was taking place and began chanting “Drag Queens are not for kids”. The protesters claim it was within their rights, but who is in the wrong LiveTribers? Do you see anything wrong with drag performers reading stories to kids?

Posted by on 13 Jan 2020

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    bobbie2171

    Drag queens are for not children, let them be children first and foremost, we don't need to sexualized our any more than they already are! You can still teach your child about tolerance without the sexualization of children.

    Posted by bobbie2171 on 26 Feb 2020

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    Tahnee

    If the world is ever going to be a nice place, children need to learn acceptance and tolerance from a young age to become decent adults. The protestors clearly haven't learnt these basics yet.

    Posted by Tahnee on 21 Jan 2020

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    Leah

    Drag Queens are human beings just like the rest of us- there is nothing at all wrong with it.!

    Posted by Leah on 21 Jan 2020

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    mysteron347

    So many groups involved. The Drag Queens try to do something for the kids and a bunch of protesters believe that they have the right to shout them down. The press publicises the issue as yet another intolerant group imposing their "rights" on another - as we've seen with various political and social "action" groups lately. The trolls who think their opinions are more important that their victims'. Even here on Livetribe, we've got people accusing the Drag Queens of being paedophiles grooming children. Is it any wonder that people don't volunteer their time for fear of being accused of having some ulterior motive and being hounded by the empty barrels with nothing else to do?

    Posted by mysteron347 on 20 Jan 2020

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    Greg

    hardbags I would be very careful how you use the word CAMP here.

    Posted by Greg on 20 Jan 2020

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    hardbags

    can we focus on the real issue which is one of the protesters took their life after online bullying related to this incident. Whether either camp was "wrong" is debatable, but someone taking their own life as a consequence is the issue that should be being addressed here.

    Posted by hardbags on 19 Jan 2020

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    Deepika

    If it's a regular activity, the Liberals should not have protested in front of the children. There are other ways to make your point. Why get the kids involved?

    Posted by Deepika on 19 Jan 2020

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    ian

    Who needs drag queens for anything? But then the young Liberals should be setting a better example. Both pathetic if you ask me.

    Posted by ian on 19 Jan 2020

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    Lill boppa

    I believe that the liberal members are in the wrong. An all children have the right to be educated in all areas an aspects of life. An in saying this I agree that they are simply being childish and bad role models for our children and behaving in such a pathetic manner. should be disgraced in they're selves.

    Posted by Lill boppa on 19 Jan 2020

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    Melissa

    I believe it is highly judgemental and rude to treat the drag queens this way- they should be seen as people, not drag queens and its just wonderful that they take time out to spend with our children!

    Posted by Melissa on 18 Jan 2020

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    Stella del Mattino

    The protesters: they were rude to interrupt, they should have done things in a completely different way. But then, the news coverage and the online abuse that followed... that was feral. Inciting suicide and then commenting that suicide was "the easy way out". Are you kidding me? Barbaric. The press: "children were scared" that's regrettable but, why no one said anything when the activists stormed the steak-house in Melbourne? And Seaworld? Children were scared in those occasions too, parents had to rush them away (and they had already paid good money, it wasn't even a free event). This Country has a double standard on everything.

    Posted by Stella del Mattino on 18 Jan 2020

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    Kitty SlamHer

    If the parents are allowing it than it is their decision not others

    Posted by Kitty SlamHer on 18 Jan 2020

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    intransigent

    The antagonists, they should not have involved the children in their protest. They should have tried some other way to complain if they really felt they needed to. I personally don't get it, if the parents don't like it they don't send their kids. Stop imposing your beliefs on others.

    Posted by intransigent on 18 Jan 2020

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    Nicole

    Unfortunely neither we all have rights

    Posted by Nicole on 18 Jan 2020

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    Bombthrower

    This is so wrong, why can’t we let children enjoy a normal childhood like I personally think was wonderful when I was a child and we didn’t have any technology at the time & we made up our own games & had jigsaw puzzles &board games.

    Posted by Bombthrower on 18 Jan 2020

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    Bronwin

    Qld Liberal National Club did this for the cameras and it backfired big time.

    Posted by Bronwin on 18 Jan 2020

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    Lyn

    Let the children enjoy their childhood. They can decide when they reach the right age.

    Posted by Lyn on 18 Jan 2020

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    Neil

    Now let me see, it is okay for climate protesters to drag kids in to support their views, but not for conservatives to protest an event that brings sexual extremism to kids. What hypocrites.

    Posted by Neil on 18 Jan 2020

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    Old Man

    I LOVE DRAG QUEENS of OLD, back in the 60/s, we had La Girls and Danny La Ru, (?) I think I have seen Elton John in Drag. And who can forget, the pollie, Downer on the Mid day show in Drag, Rocky Horror Show.The stage acts were Wonderful and full of fun. But now it seems the Gay Mob want to take ownership of the Drag Queens. Old English Pantos always had Drag Queens. I do not know how many times I have seen the Queen of Hearts (a man) in Drag. Enjoy the entertainment as it is presented, It's a stage Act/ it's Theatre. Lay back and relax and enjoy it all.

    Posted by Old Man on 18 Jan 2020

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    Ralph

    Let children be children, they don't need to be in the adult world until they get there.

    Posted by Ralph on 18 Jan 2020

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    Warwick

    The library are to blame there is no room for drag queens to be pretching to our children

    Posted by Warwick on 18 Jan 2020

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    lisa170

    All they're going to achieve is traumatising children. Drag queen story time is so much fun. There is way way more involved than the panic merchants like these people would have you believe. I'd urge anyone who plans to protest anything to sit down and chat with who you're going to protest and find out the real story first.

    Posted by lisa170 on 18 Jan 2020

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    Bushra

    It is very essential for children's to read stories because the most impect on their minds

    Posted by Bushra on 18 Jan 2020

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    Bernie

    Children should be allowed to be children and not dictated to by these arogant adults who think that they are allowed to force their thoughts onto anybody and everybody. These protesters should remember that in Australia the laws have been changed to allow same sex marriage and it is sexual discrimation to carry on this way just because it doesn't suit them. (I am a hetrosexual and personally disagree with the use of the word marriage in regards to same sex relationships, but still believe that same sex relationships are a personal behaviour and I accept their rights). Drag Queens are not necessarily homosexuals but just performers the same as any other actor is. These protesters are not affliate to any particular political party, are breaking the law and should have the full weight of the law descend upon them.

    Posted by Bernie on 17 Jan 2020

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    Hirschy

    get out off our schools what ever they are this woke is BS god help our kids

    Posted by Hirschy on 17 Jan 2020

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    au4u

    dragqween storytime is nothing but prepping kids to accept paedophilia as normal. in the states they are finding that pedos are dressing as drags to get acsess to children. they have found increasing numbers of them that have been charged and convicted. when called out they play the pc game of playing the victim. wake up people your children are being groomed right in front of your noses and youre too woke to see it.

    Posted by au4u on 17 Jan 2020

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    Shirley

    No children should be exposed to every so they can learn tolerance

    Posted by Shirley on 17 Jan 2020

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    Neil

    How come when left wing protesters disrupt others it's justified, but when conservatives do it's not acceptable Is it now mandatory that our children to believe that this is some kind of norm.

    Posted by Neil on 17 Jan 2020

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    HAL9000

    Because this Conservative was a TRUE BELIEVER who was handled by a Player from the Party and did as he was told to. When the Brown Stuff hit the fan the Handler dumped him faster than a new school kid dropping their bag and the leader of the Party expelled him and the crowd he was with and left him out to dry. This is what Political Parties do when their Core Beliefs which they fully believe in run up against Public Opinion which is different and the Pollie will never admit that their Beliefs are wrong and just stop saying how right they are as they drop them into the gutter as fast as that new school kid to retain whatever power they previously had. The True Believers no matter which side of the road they come from are always the ones hung out to dry and ignored by the Party. The same thing happens when some person from the other side brings masses of PUBLIC OPINION against their party which they TRULY BELIEVE in always has happened and always will because all Players in this Mess that is called Politics are only in it for what they can get for themselves and they all use whatever they find available to improve their own ends.

    Posted by HAL9000 on 17 Jan 2020

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    Lynn

    The protesters did not have the right to force their way into a library activity for YOUNG CHILDREN, then abuse and harass the activity leaders. It is outside the rules of decorum required in a library.

    Posted by Lynn on 17 Jan 2020

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    HAL9000

    Well put simply that chose that place because it was not on School Grounds and if they had of invaded a school during School Time they all would have been before the courts and found themselves on the Sexual Offenders Register and none of them would ever stand a chance of entering Politics which is what they all wanted. They chose a TARGET that would not get them into serious trouble and their actions where not against the stated Safe Schools Scheme but directly attacking the parents of the children for taking them to that meeting which was NOT IN ANY WAY CONNECTED WITH THE SAFE SCHOOLS SCHEME. They are welcome to protest anything they like but when they bring SCORNon the Political Party that they support they get surprised that the PARTY DUMPS THEM FASTER than Warp 10 and wants to continue on as if the incident was in no way attached tot hat Political Party. In other words they HANG THE TRUE BELIEVERS OUT TO DRY BY THEMSELVES and wash their hands of the mess that one of their Advisers brought about. This entire incident has all the HALLMARKS of a Political Action that meant opposition from the Majority of the PUBLIC so the Political Party did what all Political Parties do and got rid of the thing that was going to hurt them badly. Here instead of looking at the individuals involved you should be pouring the SCORN SO RIGHTLY DESERVED on the Political PARTY and those in it who organised this attack on children.

    Posted by HAL9000 on 17 Jan 2020

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    sootyblack_14

    Technically, the protesters are in their right to protest about drag queen Storytime… We live in a society of Free Will and Free Speech... However, I don't agree with what they did and how they did that... How traumatising for not only the Beautiful Soul reading to the kids, but the kids too... Clearly more thought should have gone into this on the protester's part...

    Posted by sootyblack_14 on 17 Jan 2020

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    Lynn

    They can protest but freedom of speech does not cover forcing their way into a space and loudly abusing people with hate speech. Even simple library rules of quiet and respect for other patrons were violated and they could have been ejected on those grounds alone.

    Posted by Lynn on 17 Jan 2020

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    Simran kaur

    Thanks

    Posted by Simran kaur on 17 Jan 2020

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    Jannette

    The protesters should be ashamed,their behaviour would have been upsetting to the children.They were in a library where quiet reading time is the golden rule,all children love story time. Aunts and Uncles,Grandparents,baby sitters,friends there are so many people who took the time to read to my children and their friends when they were young.I thank them all for the time they shared with my kids,I believe there is only a issue because someone wants to make it one.

    Posted by Jannette on 17 Jan 2020

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    daffy garden

    the children most probably did not know the person or persons reading the story to them was a drag queen at that age they most likely just thought them another person dressed up reading a story to them but i bet their parents now have a lot of questions to answer it is obvious that their parents did not object and the stupid nlp should go about minding their business better they will not be getting my vote

    Posted by daffy garden on 17 Jan 2020

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    Old Man

    There was nothing hidden here at this event, It was advertised as a "Drag Queen Story Time for Children" Parent would have been aware of what the event involved. Those who wished to make anti comment were wrong in the way they put forward their protest on that day. I see that this would have been upsetting for the Children.. Those protesting had no care for the feelings of the Children. This shines as a " Look at Me protest."

    Posted by Old Man on 17 Jan 2020

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    Maudie

    These protestors were young immature idiots. Look around you, this is the society today, those kids were accepting of the Drag Qeens, Freedom of speech etc etc, but these young ones tried to push their views in an offencive public display.

    Posted by Maudie on 17 Jan 2020

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    musicveg

    Never heard of it but I think parents are can have a choice whether their child participates or not, the Lib/nat members should have not behaved this way in front of children, after all are they not opposed to demonstrators? Personally though I think it is a bit weird for kids to be exposed to this, can be very confusing for them.

    Posted by musicveg on 17 Jan 2020

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    Vonnie

    I don't see anything wrong with Drag Queens reading to kids. I hardly think they are going to whisk them off somewhere and as long as the library have set it up what harm can the children come to. I don't see how we are introducing a perversion to children as one writer suggested. It will probably be a fun encounter for them.

    Posted by Vonnie on 16 Jan 2020

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    Cookie_Wookie

    My question is why are "DRAG QUEENS" Reading to Children ? Why in the world are we introducing such a perversion to children !?!?! Has the world gone completely mad since voting for same sex marriage (marriage equality) and who is allowing this to happen? Are they equiped to deal with children, are they qualified and hold "Working with Children Blue Cards" ?? Why is the library employing "Drag Queens" and not qualified reading tutors or qualified reading/writing teachers for this task? I'm absolutely sure it is an environment I would not like my child to be a part of.

    Posted by Cookie_Wookie on 16 Jan 2020

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    ollietom

    At last. Someone who I totally agree with on all points. Good on you.

    Posted by ollietom on 17 Jan 2020

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    Lynn

    They have their blue cards.

    Posted by Lynn on 17 Jan 2020

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    marli

    I have been a teacher of young children for almost 50 years but I still need a police clearance to go to a Library to read to children. I live in SA. Don't know about Qld. That place is almost a foreign country.

    Posted by marli on 17 Jan 2020

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    Babakazoo

    No one was forcing the children to be there for the story time reading, if parents objected then they can remove their children from the event. The protesters should not have been there, causing chaos and upsetting the children. The children should come first, if they are enjoying the event, then let them enjoy it in peace and not thoughtlessly terrify them to further their own agenda.

    Posted by Babakazoo on 16 Jan 2020

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    David

    As a principle, they should not.

    Posted by David on 16 Jan 2020

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    Horn

    I agree , what a lot of rubbish all around .

    Posted by Horn on 17 Jan 2020

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    The Noetic

    In our society there are such strong underlying assumptions and pressures to adhere to the "normal" gender roles, regardless of the fact that we are all individuals and hence somewhere different on the scale. Kids are subjected to much, much more gender stereotyping in their lives than could ever be countered by an occasional story time with a costumed person. Bringing political protesting into it is just traumatic for the children.

    Posted by The Noetic on 16 Jan 2020

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    Guin

    The whole range of entertainers is a very mixed bag! All creative types have far more diversified sexual orientation than less creative type. If you took all that away and banned those groups, there would not be much left in the entertainment industry! Or artists, composers, choreographers, writers, poets, etc, etc etc. the list goes on! Even down through history. So leep politics out of it and just let the kids enjoy the stories, who-ever is prepared to put their hand up to read to them! I don't recall too many construction workers, labourers, miners, politicians putting their hands up on a regular basis to do so!

    Posted by Guin on 16 Jan 2020

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    robert

    I don't think the kids are old enough or worldly enough to understand , what was going on . What the protesters did under the guise or LNP was just draw more attention to the performers . I guess everyone is entitled to their opinions , that's part of living in a democracy . The drag queens i guess were just trying to contribute . But the kid's shouldn't have been involved . The leader obviously had mental stability issues and this should have been picked up by his fellow protesters . I don't believe that this episode had any influence and anyone close to him would be able to see the signs ie. agitation , anxiety , stress , keeping to himself , unusual outbursts and he also sounded reactionary . Don't forget these drag queens have issues themselves . So in the end there were no winners and a tragic ending !

    Posted by robert on 15 Jan 2020

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    Alexis

    If they really wanted to help the community, the drag queens would be spending time with the elderly. Drag queen story time is not about 'helping' anyone but themselves by pushing their twisted ideology on to innocent children. There is no need for drag queens to be anywhere near children.

    Posted by Alexis on 15 Jan 2020

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    lynette

    I agree with you. When I first read the first article about the protestors I thought it happened in America but I was really shocked it happened in my neck of the woods, Brisbane. A couple of years ago in stores, they were selling little padded bras for 5 year old girls.

    Posted by lynette on 16 Jan 2020

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    Alexis

    When the BBC libraries spend more on their resources and actual literature than they do on trying to be the wokest of them all, I will go back to borrowing for them. Until then, no way will I let my kids near their libraries. How about they put up for some BOOKS? That is the business they are in after all!

    Posted by Alexis on 17 Jan 2020

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    GinGin15

    In the UK we have a very big tradition of drag queen entertainment for children - its called Panto. Drag queens do not have a twisted ideology! I agree padded bras for 5 year olds is over sexualising children and wrong but drag queens are in no way conected to this. Children are much more likely to be abused by their 'straight' father/uncles and grandfathers than by a man who enjoys dressing up in OTT womens clothing.

    Posted by GinGin15 on 17 Jan 2020

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    grey eyes

    Yes a guy in the US was found to be a sex predator these so called story times are not screened anyone could be reading to + exploitating our next generation watch out !

    Posted by grey eyes on 15 Jan 2020

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    Hirschy

    Should not read to kids it is bs

    Posted by Hirschy on 15 Jan 2020

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    946 Scenic Highway Kinka

    Not at all

    Posted by 946 Scenic Highway Kinka on 15 Jan 2020

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    coaster

    I have no personal problems with Drag Queens but I have to agree that I think they are not something that should be thrust onto children of such a young age. If they want to dress up as characters in the books this is fine. I feel that things have gone overboard of late. I also think the protesters have probably done a lot of damage to the kids with their righteous behaviour which seems to be rampant at the moment with climate control protesters, vegan protesters, animal rights protesters and yet I do not see them respecting anyone's rights but their own. Everyone has the right to protest and have an opinion but I think these groups have gone about it in a very arrogant and dangerous way. Since this event apparently the young man at the forefront of the protest has passed away. I hate the word tolerance but it seems we as a world community need to find it in bucket loads as so many are toxic in their attitudes it is scary to wonder where it will all lead.

    Posted by coaster on 15 Jan 2020

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    storky1234

    You do not push this sort of thing on young children what has happened to the world.

    Posted by storky1234 on 15 Jan 2020

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    Christelle

    Truely this is no ones “fault”. People are entitled to their own opinion but when it gets too far and hurts people that’s when it’s not okay. Idk if the protesters where out of hand but the community should not have been so cruel back to them. The lgbtq+ community it’s a supportive loving place and in this case people turn mean when someone has a different opinion and that’s not okay. It’s just the effect social media has on people. Being able to say whatever you want without consequences can result in really bad things. But we can’t blame any community for this because if it was the other way the same thing would happen. LGBTQ+ people protesting for what they believe in and getting slammed by media. Even outside of this topic things like this happen because no matter what opinion you have there are always people who think different and social media takes that into a really toxic form

    Posted by Christelle on 15 Jan 2020

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    Angela

    People need to have faith, I don’t see anything wrong with this.

    Posted by Angela on 15 Jan 2020

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    Murray

    Personally, I see 2 things wrong with that event: Firstly, the drag queens were more about promoting THEIR attitudes to the kids (if they want to read to them, that's fine - but in costume!) as there are people who put the needs of the kids before the 'look at me' attitude. Secondly, a library is NOT the place to be chanting and disrupting (take note protesters) other people - reading, yes, research, yes, study, yes, shouting, no. Verdict - as is often the case - 2 sides fight, and the kids are caught in the middle, wondering what to make of these adults.

    Posted by Murray on 15 Jan 2020

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    Dogsfan

    Not my cup of tea... But if they don't like it, don't go. Disgraceful showing from the party. Another example of people sticking their nose in where it's not needed

    Posted by Dogsfan on 15 Jan 2020

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    Bodo

    The NLP set an pathetic example in front of those young children and the leader of the NLP should have never condoned this spectacle

    Posted by Bodo on 14 Jan 2020

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    Peppa21NY

    No I do not see any crime being committed here

    Posted by Peppa21NY on 14 Jan 2020

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    Andrea

    No crime is being committed and as long as the children are not being fritened then I see no harm done to them.

    Posted by Andrea on 15 Jan 2020

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    ellybee007

    Pray tell me, what were they doing wrong? As I see it, they weren't hurting anyone or causing any trouble, so what's the big deal? And if the kids are enjoying the interaction, why not? Look, I was brought up in a family who believed being gay was wrong and I held that belief for a very long time, but since those days I've definitely changed my tune on this subject. As long as they're not doing anything wrong, just leave them be!

    Posted by ellybee007 on 14 Jan 2020

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    lala-moocow

    You’re allowed to have your opinions and beliefs but the FACT is it’s not your choice about what other people can and can’t do. If someone wants their children to be exposed to that. I see no issue. I grew up learning to be accepting of others. No one is making you or your child attend so why go to spread hate? I don’t stand in front of religious people praying and shout “God isn’t there!” Repeatedly

    Posted by lala-moocow on 14 Jan 2020

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    squeekums1

    No issue, kids would love it. The wild costumes, makeup and hair. Good on them for doing it too. The LNP should be ashamed of themselves, go protest a REAL cause

    Posted by squeekums1 on 14 Jan 2020

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    squeekums1

    And yes, id let my daughter attend

    Posted by squeekums1 on 14 Jan 2020

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    AA1990

    I don't think Drag Queens should be interacting with children. By all means they can volunteer their time, just not while they are in drag. But I guess this comes down to the choice of the parents. And some are obviously happy for their kids to participate in these activities. I personally wouldn't be OK with my son.

    Posted by AA1990 on 13 Jan 2020

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    marli

    We all watch TV and films in some form. We allow our children to watch some dreadful stuff on TV, ipads etc. The people they see are usually either cartoons or are people dressed up - acting. Be careful what attitudes are passed on to you children. Did you children dress up for Halloween or Christmas? Get my drift?

    Posted by marli on 17 Jan 2020

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    lynette

    In America there is an 11 year old boy who does drag and has been on the show Ellen and I saw his father putting his son's makeup on him. The boy dances in a gay bar. Why can't people see something wrong with that? I would not let my child go to see Trannies reading to them either if I had one.

    Posted by lynette on 16 Jan 2020

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    marilyn01

    These people are human and show they want to help the community by giving their time to reading to children- isnt it discrimination to protest against them because they are classed as drag queens - these protesters need to find something worthwhile to do like help the communities that are affected by fires - do something constructive with your time instead of protesting about something you know little about

    Posted by marilyn01 on 13 Jan 2020

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    grey eyes

    With a name like Diamond Good rim + Annie Depressant I can understand the confusion this might have caused..?!!!

    Posted by grey eyes on 15 Jan 2020

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