Oct 31, 2018
Texas Judge Throws Out Lawsuit Over Taxpayer-Funded "Drag Queen Storytime"
According to the Houston Chronicle, Texas-based Christian group's lawsuit against the Houston Public Library and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner filed after the city sponsored a “Drag Queen Storytime” event for children has been thrown out by a federal judge.
The lawsuit, which was rejected on Wednesday, claims that the Drag Queen Storytime violates First Amendment-guaranteed freedom of religion as it was hosted and put on by the city. The Chronicle reported that the unnamed Christian group held a rally at Houston's federal courthouse when the lawsuit was announced on Friday, October 19.
The plaintiff group mentioned in the suit that a “man-woman marriage storytelling hour” wouldn't be an appropriate use of taxpayer dollars either.
The Freed-Montrose Neighborhood branch of the library, where the story hour takes place, is located in Houston’s historic gay neighborhood and has hosted the Drag Queen Story Hour since last summer.
“Break out the dress up chest and let your imagination run wild as you join the Houston Public Library and local Drag Queens for storytime," reads a description of the event from the library's website. "These vibrant Queens will help to instill a sense of love and acceptance in our children while encouraging them to be true to themselves."