Public comments were unanimously opposed to West Warwick library’s Drag Queen Story Hour at last night’s trustee meeting. With over twenty citizens in attendance, the radical program was broadly criticized for the anti-Catholic bigotry of one of the invited Drag Queen readers and strong parental concerns over the sexualization of children.
During testimony committee members were informed about Ninny Nothin instagram account, run by drag performer Johnny Sederquist, that features sexually explicit and anti-Christian images. One video on the account contains Sederquist cradling an artificial phallus as if it were a child while claiming to be Mary, the virgin mother of Jesus.
Another Instagram story from the performer features graphic direct messages describing lewd acts that were sent to a person called “Jeff.” The message sender says that they would like to be the subject of necrophilic sodomy from “Jeff,”and brags about his ability to provide manual stimulation to male genitalia.
Library Director Colin McCullough and Nathan Shapiro, chair of the board of trustees said that this event: “will be appropriate for the age group concerned,” in a statement on the library’s Facebook page.
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Over 150 signatures were presented to the committee in opposition to the drag performance at the library. The signatures were gathered in West Warwick over the weekend as citizens became informed about the risk of children ages 0-6 being exposed to adult content at the library.
Library trustees Andrea Plaziak, Linda J. Goldman, Lee T. Rice, Tammy Collins, James G. Mitchell, Matt Silva and Chairperson Nathan Shapiro were all in attendance.
Of the following two issues related to Rhode Island’s public schools, which one is a greater concern?