Drag Queen ‘Rainbow Reading’ Program Hosted in Clarksville

Equality Clarksville, an LGBT advocacy group, hosted a “Rainbow Reading” event last Sunday at the Clarksville-Montgomery County Library and advertised it as being open to children of all ages.

The event featured “accepting and affirming” books and readings by local drag queen Jessica Monroe, who dressed as Elsa from the movie Frozen. Equality Clarksville has been hosting monthly events at the library since April.

Joydianne Damiani, chair of Equality Clarksville, called the event “family-friendly,” and further added, “It’s not in your face; it’s subtle.”

T.L. “Drew” Kreuser, events committee chair, explained what was meant by the term family: “We know that the term family means many different things and may include one or more parents of the same or different genders. We recognize and embrace different types of family units.”

But while some may tout Equality Clarksville’s reading program as “inclusive,” Rep. Jay Dean Reedy (R-Erin) calls it what it is: “social indoctrination.” He went on to say, “[T]his is not how our children should be taught to love reading. This is totally agenda driven, not age appropriate, and I am disappointed that our public library has become a focal point for such activity.”

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