A special Drag Queen Storytime featuring 3rd District Supervisor Lindsey P. Horvath and Pickle Drag Queen was taken over by a mob of protestors who successfully cancelled the event this morning at San Fernando Library. West Hollywood Drag Laureate Pickle was scheduled to appear at 217 N Maclay Ave, San Fernando, in celebration of LGBTQ+ History Month.
“Join us for a fun drag storytime with our fabulous reader, Pickle the Drag Queen, sharing stories that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion,” reads the evite that was shared by Supervisor Harvath yesterday on social media. “This event is hosted by LA County’s Third District and will include an appearance from Supervisor Lindsey P. Horvath.”
Pickle arrived to a scene of angry protestors who pounded their fists in the air and held signs that read, “Our Kids, Our Consent.”
“Protesters called Pickle a pervert and groomer, and chanted ‘leave our kids alone,'” said a witness who asked to remain anonymous out of concern for their safety. “It was poorly handled by police. One person waved a baby in Pickle’s face. That baby was weirdly asleep.”
Sleeping baby aside, children were not inside the library when the protest took place according to a souce, but several people showed up in support of the event.
According to our witness, Pickle was not able to break through the angry mob despite police escorts, who also tried to get Pickle through the back entrance of the library, but protestors blocked that entrance as well. They blocked the gate and used a table to barricade access into the library.
San Fernando Police tried to sneak the Drag Laureate through vehicle, but the crowd did not budge and eventually, Drag Queen Storytime was cancelled at San Fernando Library. It is not yet clear if Supervisor Horvath’s team made the call to cancel the event, or if the call was made by San Fernando Police.
This marks the first time that a protest successfully cancels Drag Queen Storytime in Los Angeles County. The Glendale library cancelled an event last summer in anticipation of a protest, but a physical protest has never led to the cancellation of the event, according to a source.
As West Hollywood Drag Laureate, Pickle serves to enhance the presence and appreciation of drag culture and arts in West Hollywood, as well as promote partnerships with West Hollywood business and community organizations; celebrate the spirit and special qualities of the City of West Hollywood and its residents; and inspire an emerging generation of drag artists by celebrating and promoting drag history.
Pickle hosted Queer Family Day this past Friday the 13th, at La Brea Tar Pits, which was billed as frightfully fun day filled with festivities for the whole family. That event happened without a hitch.
Pickle posted the following message on her Instagram Stories:
“Thank you everyone for your kind words of support and encouragement. I am ok. I’m glad that no one was hurt and I am once again deeply upset that people think it’s ok to demonstrate this behavior for children who are looking for a safe space to read and enjoy books.
I will certainly not be intimidated by a mob and I am thoroughly disappointed that I and other patrons were physically prevented from entering a public library and that the program was cancelled. I will be pursuing a thorough investigation of what happened today and will not stop until responsible parties are held accountable. You have the right to assemble, you have the right to protest.
You do NOT have the right to block people from public resources by barricading the door with a table.”