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Stop Homophobia: Let the drag queens read!

Stop Homophobia: Let the drag queens read!

Local political operative Michael Lunsford and his PAC “Citizens for a New Louisiana” are attempting to interfere in our 1st Amendment rights by creating a petition to shut down “Drag Queen Hour” at the Lafayette library. Mr. Lunsford doesn’t even live in the parish, and he appears to be coordinating with an out-of-state group called “Warriors for Christ” who like to file frivolous lawsuits.

Tell Joel Robideaux and the City-Parish Council to resist homophobic charlatans, and protect the 1st Amendment on the behalf of real Lafayette citizens who reject hatred and promote tolerance. Our library is for everyone.

August 31, 2018
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Stop Homophobia: Let the drag queens read!

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129 Comments

Steven Benelli
Steven Benelli

One of the original arguments that was posited against the Drag Queen Story Hour event was that they should have a say in what programming is offered at a library that is supported by their tax dollars. What they seem to have neglected is the fact that the tax dollars of the people who are in favor of this event also support the library. Based on that alone, any attempt to shut this event down should be tossed out to protect the principle of fair, equal, and non-discriminatory access to public spaces.

Nichole wilson
Nichole wilson

Let the queens read!

John Broussard
John Broussard

Any bullying because of the way anyone presents themselves -hair, clothing, etc.- should not be tolerated.

Heather ames
Heather ames

Children should be taught inclusion and to embrace each other’s differences.

Lorrae Cherrie Lantier
Lorrae Cherrie Lantier

It’s time to move past “ the boys club “ mentality in Lafayette…it’s like we’re trapped in the backwoods mentality that came in with the oil & gas industry…knowledge, inclusion, community, diversity…it’s time for Lafayette to move forward …break the chains of the past….or end up a damn ghost town…Let them Read!! Viva Drag Queen Storytime!

Lian Cheramie
Lian Cheramie

I am signing because first amendment rights are for everyone.

John Zant
John Zant

These people are citizens, and have the same rights that I do. There is nothing wrong with them reading stories to children. The event is publicized in advance, so if you don’t like it, then don’t go. Attempting to deny one group their first amendment rights and access to a public library is ridiculous. You should be ashamed for even entertaining that notion Mr. Robideaux.

Carolyn Goudelocke
Carolyn Goudelocke

We are looking forward to this event! We love our library and attend events there often. Let parents decide what is appropriate. Thank you.

Brittany K. Broussard
Brittany K. Broussard

1st ammendment

Keith Dorwick
Keith Dorwick

I am signing this petition both in support of the UL Lafayette students, and of the Library and its mission.

Monique Eller
Monique Eller

I support drag queen story time!

Matthew Isaak
Matthew Isaak

The First Amendment is for everyone. Drag queens pay taxes too.

Josh Sanders
Josh Sanders

There is nothing wrong with people who look different from me volunteering at the library and the city/parish cannot handle the legal costs of a discrimination lawsuit.

Elaine Kibodeaux
Elaine Kibodeaux

I support the Lafayette Public Library, the 1st amendment, the LGBTQIA+ community, and the UL Students volunteering their time to read to children and serve their community. Please remember to bring your kids to the Story Time event.

Mike Bass
Mike Bass

We are always looking for opportunities to teach our child about diversity, inclusion and self-expression. A public event shouldn’t be canceled just because some people don’t like it.

Cayce Duncan
Cayce Duncan

I believe in the Constitution.

Alexandra Culotta
Alexandra Culotta

I believe in both diversity and literacy.

Sarah Featherston
Sarah Featherston

Because I believe in the freedom of speech.

Madison Gamble
Madison Gamble

Attending is a choice. Furthering education while teaching kids how to accept and understand those who may be different from them is a win-win. Let the queens read!

Jason McClurg
Jason McClurg

I want my kids to grow up in a community that values every single member, not just straight white men

Nathaniel Perrin
Nathaniel Perrin

It’s 2018 people need to get over themselves.

Scott Sonnier
Scott Sonnier

It’s the right thing to do.

William H Deer
William H Deer

I believe in the right for everyone to live the life they choose. No one should be able to tell others they are wrong when it comes to their lifestyle choices.

Catherine Lemoine
Catherine Lemoine

Because the uniformed ignorant fit being thrown about a fun event for children is absurd and needs to stop.

Kayla Arwood
Kayla Arwood

I want my city to learn tolerance even when they can’t muster acceptance. I want to make sure everyone has a voice. I want those who have been put down to know they have love and support here. ❤️

Tshy Cross
Tshy Cross

I am in full support of Lafayette Public Library and it’s programming, especially and including Drag Queen Storytime.

Hallie LeBlanc
Hallie LeBlanc

I am a mother of three and want them to be able to attend any and all story times, especially those that promote inclusion and diversity. As someone who frequents various library locations I hate that this many people, who do not even use the library are trying to meddle with this event.

Morganna Ochoa
Morganna Ochoa

I believe every child should have the opportunity to learn about acceptance and diversity. And especially from someone who appears different then them. They will not be confused, and it may even help save some children from potential suicide from bully because they feel different!

Alex Johnson
Alex Johnson

It is our responsibility to make effort to ensure our children are taught to love and respect all ppl instead villifying a child of God whose testimony is different from our own. #TeachLove #RespectOthers

Molly LeMaire
Molly LeMaire

This should not be an issue. If you do want to bring your family don’t. Lafayette is a loving community and this should include everyone.

Jenn Brinkley
Jenn Brinkley

Because everyone needs to realize that just because people are viewed at as “different” they should still feel love and acceptance!

Bonnie Barbier
Bonnie Barbier

I support diversity & education. I support parent’s rights to teach their children. I support love. I support the library. I support progress.

Amber Paige
Amber Paige

Why is this even an issue? The whole reason behind this is to show that it is ok to be different! LET THEM READ!

Lessie Melancon
Lessie Melancon

I am an actual, taxpaying citizen of Lafayette Parish who utilizes the Lafayette Library System on a weekly basis. I demand that my council representative upholds constitutional law and allows Delta Lambda Phi to have equal access to a public space.

Alicia Chaisson
Alicia Chaisson

The only reason to stop this event is blatant discrimination.

Kayla Goodson
Kayla Goodson

I cant stand conservative, bigoted, religious asshats who think they can get whatever they want because they pay taxes. Theres nothing wrong with drag story hour and if they’re that offended, then DONT GO TO THE LIBRARY THAT DAY. ITS THAT SIMPLE.

Stephanie Koonce
Stephanie Koonce

This is a First Amendment issue first and foremost. When the Mayor-President stepped in and used his position to try and censor the library it went beyond an Equality issue. His list of questions to be answered by his appointed board member also set it up to further censor other programming. We must nip this in the bud. I also am 100% supportive of the Drag Queen Story Time. This will be a fabulous and fun time for children and their families. The children’s librarian understands how to choose age appropriate books so all of the hysterics being used against this program is baseless. Let the drag queens read!

Crystal Lee
Crystal Lee

Because people are people…

Chadwick Crawford
Chadwick Crawford

I support the library and I support tolerance.

Aren Chaisson
Aren Chaisson

I am signing because I want my kids to grow up in a more inclusive society.

Lauren Mize
Lauren Mize

I believe in equal rights for all.

Danielle maddie
Danielle maddie

I am signing because I believe drag queens should be allowed to volunteer their time to read to children.

Donia Hanaei
Donia Hanaei

I support drag queen story hour and the freedom of every person to attend if they choose or stay home if they want. That is the right given to us by the first amendment!

William A Bordwell
William A Bordwell

Freedom of speech is a constitutional right. People are protected by civil rights. This isn’t the dark ages anymore. Closeted people can’t keep negatively pushing their religion on others and claim everyone needs to be exactly the same. Exposing children to diversity at a young age teaches them that everyone is different instead of bigotry and hate.

Renae l
Renae l

Let’s open peoples minds.

Jenna Bull
Jenna Bull

I have faith that Lafayette will continue being progressive, diverse, and inclusive

Katie Reed
Katie Reed

I believe it is my responsibility to stop ignorance and hate.

Woodrow Bordwell
Woodrow Bordwell

Lafayette doesn’t need traditional values from the 1800’s, we need to catch up to the rest of the nation and respect others human civil rights. It’s a public Library and our neighbors are all different. We ARE the public.

Elizabeth Riley
Elizabeth Riley

I am not a belligerent child who refuses to allow others to do something just because I wouldn’t.

Justice Gay
Justice Gay

I don’t get how people can preach the lovely words of Christ while spewing hateful venom all over the world. Children need to be exposed to differences, so we are not doomed to repeat history by keeping them ignorant. I do not ever want my sweet son to exclude someone from his life based on who they love, how they dress, or where they came from, and it breaks my whole entire heart to see so many other people don’t empathize with that feeling. Do what you want with who you love.

Meika chevalier
Meika chevalier

Because this town is bigoted, racist, homophobic etc. Its time for a change. I would love for kids to learn that it’s okay to be different and to respect other people that are and see they’re just like them. It’s time for a change. I love my drag queens now and forever. Those kids deserve a drag queen story time

Corina Nicole
Corina Nicole

I am signing because people from other parishes should not be able to dictate how my parish runs. Lafayette is being brought down by racist, homophobic, uneducated humans. My hometown is more than that, my hometown is better than this.

Alexis Guillot
Alexis Guillot

Let the parents decide what is best for their OWN children. If you don’t like the idea DONT come. That simple.

Jacqueline Phelps
Jacqueline Phelps

Civil rights and inclusion in publicly owned space ya’all.

Aimee Robinson
Aimee Robinson

Keep outside interests out of Lafayette.

Alishia Rae Thibodeaux
Alishia Rae Thibodeaux

I’m looking forward to bringing my 3 year old son to this event. It’s important to me he learns at an early age to stand up for himself and other people if they are different. I don’t want him to be a part of bullying, I want him to be part of the solution. He will learn from me how to accept all people, but I believe this event is important to show him that other people stand with him and as a community we can help each other. If this event can stop one kid from committing suicide because of bullying, it is an event everyone should attend.

Alicia Roberts
Alicia Roberts

We live in a republic ruled by a constitution, not a theocracy riles my religious zealots.

Brandon Delahoussaye
Brandon Delahoussaye

it is the right thing to do!

Samara Guidry
Samara Guidry

I support inclusion being taught to children. People dressed up reading to children should be a non issue. If they were dressed up as big bird or Cinderella women or men, it doesn’t matter. Children Don’t discriminate. They will not be reading about how to become gay to these children they’ll be reading stories, children’s stories. If you don’t like drag queens reading to children, that’s fine. You don’t have to take your children.

Asche A Starr
Asche A Starr

I support Drag Queen Story Time. Diversity is important, and people of all shapes, sizes, and genders should be able to dress how they want without being ostracized or ridiculed.

Jenni Moreau
Jenni Moreau

I am signing because love is love. We need to move past this as a human race and be more caring and inclusive.

Bryan Benoit
Bryan Benoit

Christians have no dominion over my family or the public square here.

Sarah Lira
Sarah Lira

squirrel friends!!!

Alec hayes
Alec hayes

I support teaching children about diversity and gender fluidity.

Angelica Ross
Angelica Ross

I believe in equal rights.

Andre Guillory-Odom
Andre Guillory-Odom

I am signing because, as a gay married man who someday wants children of my own, want to see change in perception. These people who oppose this see the word drag queen and it ends there. They pull out their bibles that they don’t read and try to beat the LGBTQ community into submission. They don’t see the aim of these events is to teach people love, acceptance, kindness and inclusivity for their fellow human beings no matter who they love or how they look on the outside. This goes beyond just a “gay issue”.

Kent Williams
Kent Williams

I am against discrimination.

Ashley DeRouen
Ashley DeRouen

No one should be discriminated on for how they choose to dress on their own time. They just want to aid in literacy and read to kids. Celebrate loving one another, and stop spreading hate.

Sarah Haynes
Sarah Haynes

Exceptance. Love. Knowledge.

Diane Coussan
Diane Coussan

I appreciate our library system, literacy, children and diversity. Anyone who disapproves of this event simply need not attend and I respect that, too.

Cheryl Phillips
Cheryl Phillips

I am a frequent visitor to Lafayette. I love it’s diverse culture. Let the Drag Queen’s read!

Madison jacob
Madison jacob

Let people do what they want as long as it isnt hurting anyone

Lauren LaGrange
Lauren LaGrange

I support Drag Queen Story Time!

Rachael Willeford
Rachael Willeford

You don’t have to attend if you don’t like it. I have confidence in the library staff that they used their training and forethought in scheduling all story times in regards to appropriateness and educational opportunities for our children.

Brandi comeaux
Brandi comeaux

I am a supporter of ANYTHING that promotes acceptance and kindness.

Jennifer Lagneaux
Jennifer Lagneaux

This country will never move forward if we don’t take a stance against hate and discrimination.

Rhonda gleason
Rhonda gleason

This is the right thing to do

Sarah Alvarado
Sarah Alvarado

It’s important to me that my kids grow up in a loving and accepting environment.

Jonathan Penton
Jonathan Penton

Tolerance makes a community better.

Jenna
Jenna

Nobody should be able to stop such an educational program, just because of their beliefs. If you don’t like it, don’t go. Children need to have the opportunity to learn abt things that are very social norm so they can make unbiased decisions in their own lives in the future

Kris Wotipka
Kris Wotipka

I support diversity, the first amendment and the library.

Michaela Attaway
Michaela Attaway

Being yourself has no limits.

Hayward Duresseau
Hayward Duresseau

As a gay man acceptance is key for the future growth of my Louisiana

Xathena Carter
Xathena Carter

Free Expression

Michael LeDet
Michael LeDet

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence,[note 1] promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Duncan Thistlethwaite
Duncan Thistlethwaite

They should read. Don’t like it? Don’t attend.

Christopher Thompson
Christopher Thompson

If you don’t like it, don’t go. It’s not a perversion. And Lunsford has 0 interests in this parish other than stirring up trouble. When he pays taxes in this parish, I’ll listen to what he says.

Kelsey Anderson
Kelsey Anderson

Love.

Jessica Lynch-Graves
Jessica Lynch-Graves

I am signing because I support promoting inclusion and acceptance, which is exactly what this program is about.

Mariah Gewin
Mariah Gewin

I think it’s a cool program and I stand for free speech!

Chris Swanson
Chris Swanson

Fair use of library resources means anyone can use it. Also I dont see a ton of other people lining up to read to these children. Who cares if they’re queens. Gives them a nice lesson on not being more accepting of all beliefs and practices.

Tyler B.
Tyler B.

History will someday remember homophobes like we remember anti-segregationists today

Aimee Pellegrin
Aimee Pellegrin

When these “Drag Queens” read to the kids, were they promoting violence? Were they promoting hatred? Were they promoting discrimination? No. When these kids were listening, were they in danger? Were they in fear? Were they harmed? No. These people are human like us and different like us. We need to accept their differences like everyone accepts our differences.

Jacob Danos
Jacob Danos

❤️✌️

Andrea Willey
Andrea Willey

We need more opportunites for teaching tolerance.

Lisa Hawkins
Lisa Hawkins

I would like children of Lafayette to learn diversity & tolerance

Andy Graves
Andy Graves

I am signing for those who cannot due to retribution. I am signing for the people in our community who are being authentic to their own self. I am signing for myself and the community I live in.

Carissa Bethea
Carissa Bethea

Any clothing is unisex if you quit being a little bitch about it.

Fred Prejean
Fred Prejean

We are one people. Let us live as one. Fear nothing.

Christine Leichty
Christine Leichty

Civil rights are for everyone.

Lindsay Simon
Lindsay Simon

We need to be an example of inclusion, not hostility in our community.

Adam palasky
Adam palasky

I am signing because this is important to me. That people not be censored

Evan Taylor
Evan Taylor

I believe in tolerance, diversity, and freedom.

Brooklyn Woods
Brooklyn Woods

I believe that the Library should have readings about inclusion and Drag Queens reading to children about it is perfect

Angela Bellard
Angela Bellard

I believe that diversity and inclusion are absolute. I believe that if we don’t embrace the world with hands of love then we allow hate to take over. I believe that self expression is important to watch and learn. I believe that children are less judgmental than the adults in this world. I believe that we Americans have the freedom to be who we truly are!

Hannah Boni
Hannah Boni

Hey, the Lafayette Public Library hosted an OPEN CARRY event for Gun Rights Activists, and the people who didn’t like it just didn’t go, just saying.

Artis Kilchrist
Artis Kilchrist

It’s our freedom of speech let the queens read

Christine Chadeayne
Christine Chadeayne

Signing to show support for our library and a parent’s right to teach inclusiveness, love and promote diversity and acceptance through attending Drag Queen Story Hour.

Amanda Hebert
Amanda Hebert

I am signing because, I see nothing wrong with having a drag queen read to the kids. I was very excited to see that they were bringing it here. And so was my son. He knows about drag queens and the lgbtq+ community. And we both love and accept them. It’s sad that a child has more acceptance than grown ass adults. We want to go to this event. What is this showing children by trying to cancel it? That being different isn’t accepted in our society and that is wrong.

Laurie Gresham
Laurie Gresham

Because if people are against this they can simply not attend the event. Use your religious beliefs to decide for your own life and family. Not everyone shares those beliefs. Separation. Of. Church. And. State.

William Blevins
William Blevins

This is ridiculous – The library is probably supported by county/parish taxes – these people have no business interfering in a local matter like this.

Nicole Kilchrist
Nicole Kilchrist

I believe in freedom of speech and the right of everyone to use public spaces.

Daniel DelMonte
Daniel DelMonte

Libraries are for everyone. EVERYONE.

Christine Marie Landry
Christine Marie Landry

I’m signing this because I believe it’s the right thing to do. They have a lot of people who would like to bring their kids. The people who do not like it can just stay home. It’s that simple!

T. Phillip Madison
T. Phillip Madison

My kids are very much looking forward to it. It would be sad if the event got yanked out from under them because some busibodies in Breaux Bridge and West Virginia don’t like what I’m financing with my taxes.

Jackie Vargas Beitia
Jackie Vargas Beitia

Fear and ignorance inhibit love and peace. Please support this event and do not let people euquate anything outside of the “accepted gender norm” to sexual/deviant/predatory behavior. They are not the same. This program is great and I am looking forward to taking my kiddo.

emily bennett
emily bennett

fully support the drag queens doing story time

Teresa West
Teresa West

I believe this is bullying, and should be not tolerated in any way!

Mary fry
Mary fry

This it wrong. No one should be treated this way.

Anthony Gribble
Anthony Gribble

They have every right to use that public space as anyone out there!

Osh Leveque
Osh Leveque

No harm is being done to anyone by the Drag Queens or their story time or the parents that choose to bring their own children there.
Little kids at that age are the most open minded, excited, and tolerant they’ll ever be in their whole lives.
Being involved, with their parents alongside them, in the storytime and crafts in a safe and loving environment can ONLY be a positive and nurturing experience. Diversity, tolerance, love for their fellow people is exactly what we need more of and on a more frequent basis so we can counter the vitriol that spews more and more from the close minded and bigoted that are corrupting the innocent of our entire nation.

Hughlan tanner frith
Hughlan tanner frith

Because I’m not a homophobe and i believe in freedom of speech

Kimberly Culotta
Kimberly Culotta

I support people being allowed to be themselves, ‘out’ and present within our communities. Inclusion and diversity are valuable in our community and all communities.

Kathryn Allen
Kathryn Allen

I am signing because teaching children acceptance and understanding is important, and teaching them to suppress others is dangerous.

Kimberly Sears
Kimberly Sears

The Drag Queen Story Time has every right to utilize the space for their volunteer work. The library is a space for learning and expansion that should not be stifled by a vocal few who don’t understand, and don’t want to understand, the meaning of this event. They will preach fire and brimstone, overlooking the beauty of teaching our children inclusion and acceptance. Or just letting the kids enjoy storytime with someone in a pretty dress. The point is, our rights and our tax dollars as supporters are just as important as those against it.

Michael Guillot
Michael Guillot

Hate’s gotta stop.

Tabitha Hatton
Tabitha Hatton

Freedom of speech.

Summer Cormier
Summer Cormier

If you arent from her or live here then you should not have any say on what we do here.

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