Daniel Andrews’ hosts a drag queen storytime event for kids at parliament house – after fears of violence forced local libraries to shut them down
- Victorian Government hosted Drag queen story-time
- The event marked international DAHOBIT Day
- Libraries cancel similar events over fears of violence
Daniel Andrews has hosted a drag queen story-time event for kids at Parliament House to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia.
Young children sat on the floor and on their mothers’ laps as drag queens read out children’s books at the event on Wednesday.
Mr Andrews was seen smiling as he watched on.
Drag queens read out books to young children as they sat on the floor of Parliament House (pictured)
The story-time event marked the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia
The state government also pledged $1.8 million to Rainbow Health Australia – a program supporting LGBTIQA+ health and wellbeing.
‘Equality in Victoria is not negotiable – we’re building a state that is inclusive for everyone, because every space should be a safe one for LGBTIQA+ Victorians,’ Premier Daniel Andrews said.
ABC reporter Bridget Rollason shared a picture of the event on Twitter, explaining that no Liberal MPs were in attendance.
The drag queen story-time was moved to Parliament House following Monash City Council’s decision to cancel the event at Oakleigh Library.
The council backflipped on its controversial decision to hold the drag story-time after protesters stormed the Council chambers in Melbourne’s southeast on May 3.
Tensions boiled over as protesters yelled abuse at pro-drag and LGBTIQA+ community supporters, banged on glass walls and screamed ‘shame on you’ at councillors.
Drag queen performer Sam T was set to feature at the sold-out event for babies and preschool children.
Monash CEO Dr Andi Diamond issued a statement announcing the decision to cancel the upcoming Drag story-time event in May.
Dr Diamond cited the reason for the cancellation was safety concerns and the threats of violence against councillors, families attending, performers and staff.
‘It is incredibly disappointing to have to cancel an event designed to celebrate the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, but we were left with no choice after Victoria Police advised Council of the risks associated with holding the event,’ Dr Diamond said.
‘We understood this was not for everyone and scheduled it outside our regular library programs so that parents planning to bring their children were making a deliberate choice to attend.
‘Unfortunately, some in our community were not willing to allow that choice. In the end, we were unable to guarantee that we would be able to hold the event safely.’
Anti-trans protesters stormed a Monash Council meeting on May 3 rallying against the drag queen story-time event scheduled at Oakleigh library (pictured)
LGBTIQA+ community supporters were in attendance in a united show of support for Monash Council (pictured)
The peak body for Victorian Councils is set to hold an emergency meeting on Thursday to discuss the growing crisis of aggressive far-right groups targeting LGBTIQA+ events.
A drag story-time event at Woodleigh School on the Mornington Peninsula scheduled for Thursday was cancelled, while a similar event at Eltham library in Melbourne was moved online on Wednesday.
A Rainbow Story-Time hosted by Bathurst-based Betty Confetti at NSW’s Goulburn library on June 3 was called off.