A special Drag Queen Storytime featuring 3rd District Supervisor Lindsey P. Horvath and Pickle Drag Queen was shut down by a mob of protestors at San Fernando Library Wednesday morning. West Hollywood Drag Laureate Picke was scheduled to appear at 217 N Maclay Ave, San Fernando, in celebration of LGBTQ+ History Month, but the protestors did not let Pickle enter the library building. The event was abrutly cancelled.
Supervisor Harvath and her staff were inside the library when the mob rushed Pickle who was surrounded by San Fernando Police for protection.
In response to the incident, she issued the following statement:
Today, my office was set to host a Drag Storytime at the San Fernando Library as part of LGBTQ+ History Month.
What was meant to be a celebration of love and inclusion turned into the opposite.
Protestors claimed they want to keep children safe while pounded on doors, shouted obscenities and slurs toward my staff and library staff, and used strollers to blockade moving vehicles. The hypocrisy is astounding.
These disgusting tactics and efforts to incite violence prevented Pickle and Library patrons from even entering the building.
I hope no one does to their families what they did to their neighbors today.
Libraries will not be breeding grounds for indoctrination of hate and contempt toward our fellow neighbor.
I apologize to the families who were excited about the event, but could not get in; to Pickle, a respected drag artist and West Hollywood’s Drag Laureate, who was determined that the program be held; and to the dedicated Library staff who shouldn’t have to show bravery by just showing up to work.
The protestors’ message and actions today will not win in our continued fight for LGBTQ+ rights and equality. We will continue to build communities where every person is treated with dignity and respect – and diversity is celebrated, not attacked or shamed.