Library rejected ‘drag queen story hour’ … so Atlanta mayor held it at city hall

Library rejected ‘drag queen story hour’ … so Atlanta mayor held it at city hall
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By Dean Garrison

Just when you think that things can’t get any more bizarre, they always do.

For those who have been following the insane drag queen story hours happening across America, you may find it heartening that the Fulton County Library system pulled support for such an event.

Unfortunately, the move was insufficient to keeping the lunacy out of Atlanta because liberal Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms invited one of the drag queens to perform at City Hall.

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Seriously.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported:

Bottoms made the invitation Friday afternoon over Twitter to Miss Terra Cotta Sugarbaker, the drag persona of 40-year-old Buford native Steven Igarashi-Ball: “Miss Terra Cotta Sugarbaker and all of our LGBTQ friends are always welcome at Atlanta City Hall. How about we host your next story hour? @CityofAtlanta—let’s make it happen! #OneAtlanta ?”

The invitation was accepted and the first event was held at City Hall just over two weeks ago.

From Station WABE on June 28:

Miss Terra Cotta Sugarbaker — the drag persona of 40-year-old Buford native Steven Igarashi-Ball — will be hosting “Drag Queen Story Hour” at Atlanta City Hall.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms will be hosting the event. This event came after the county library system pulled its support for a “Drag Queen Story Hour” reading event at an Alpharetta branch.

Mayor Bottoms invited Miss Sugarbaker via Twitter:

The event was eventually put back on the calendar, but Miss Sugarbaker was met with some hostility once arriving to the library.

Regardless, the reading still had a sold-out show and Alpharetta Mayor Pro-Tem Donald Mitchell attended the event to show his support.

“That’s the beauty of public spaces, like a library. They should offer something for everyone, and they should be a safe space for everyone,” Igarashi-Ball said.

Igarashi-Ball has been a part of these library readings for the last two years. He reads mostly at charity events and public libraries around the Atlanta area.

Tickets were not required to attend the June 29 event, but reservations were. You can see more at this Event Brite site.

Here is a video report from Fox 5 Atlanta:

As for the “sold out” claim made in the report, I count 13 kids in the above screenshot.

There are over a million people in Fulton County, so despite the hype we can rest assured that most of them are still sane.

But what the hell were the parents of those 13 kids thinking?

Dean Garrison is the Publisher of DC Clothesline and DC Dirty Laundry