Anti-drag queen protesters drowned out by supporters in Crown Heights

Weak turnout: Only five people entered the protest area set up by police outside of “Drag Queen Story Hour.”
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Locals flocked to support a drag queen who read children’s books to kids at Brooklyn Public Library’s Crown Heights branch on Thursday, overwhelming a small group of protesters.

Just five people gathered on June 27 to express outrage over Harmonica Sunbeam’s presence at “Drag Queen Story Hour,” while more than 50 colorfully dressed proponents sang songs and chanted in support of the event.

One protester shouted biblical references into a megaphone to warn of the potential dire consequences of the drag queen’s presence.

“God wiped out cities because of this,” said the man who asked only to be identified as Tag. “We’re almost there. It’s getting worse now than it was back then.”

Supporters brushed off the ominous alarms, calling the protesters intolerant and a poor representation of the Crown Heights community.

“We’re here to stand against bigotry in whatever form it takes,” said Alice Tracey. “And look at how much we outnumber them by. I think that tells you all you need to know.”

The demonstration came on the heels of a similar clash outside of a June 6 installment of the story hour program at the Gerritsen Beach Library, where anti-story hour protesters mobilized in much larger numbers than the miniscule showing in Crown Heights.

The protest organizer chalked up the weak attendance to the intolerance of pro-drag queen demonstrators.

“Obviously, we didn’t have the turnout we’d hoped for,” said Rick Knight. “I think that if you express any conservative views, people just jump on you. People are afraid to speak against this.”

Knight suspected that the story hour program was the beginning of an elaborate indoctrination effort on the part of drag queens everywhere.

“They can’t reproduce, so they’re recruiting,” he said. “I’m not a conspiracy theorist, but I think a lot of this ideology is from the cultural Marxists.”

The demonstrators, who Knight described as fighting a global culture war, were attempting to draw the line before society slid down a “slippery slope,” he said.

“Pedophilia is next,” Knight said. “You have to realize that drag queens were a fringe group just 10 years ago, but now they’re mainstream. Next they’ll be defending pedophilia.”

Their efforts to hijack the event failed, as police cordoned off the unevenly matched groups of demonstrators on either side of the entrance to the library — where approximately 65 kids listened to the guest of honor read a number of children’s books uninterrupted by the commotion outside.

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Updated 4:56 pm, June 27, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Local from Here says:
"Anti-drag queen protesters drowned out by supporters in Crown Heights" BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAA!!!!! "BBBBBut you're not being tolerant of my intolerance". This is NYC, keep your hatred out of here! We do not tolerate hatred.
June 27, 3:52 pm
Dr. Van Nostrand from The Institute says:
Funny how the media always wants to downplay the bigotry of Hasidics while going ballistic over any Christian that doesn’t support gay marriage. And don’t get me started with Muslims cause they can behead gays and ban homosexuality in their countries but the media just adores them!
June 27, 4:27 pm
Chaim from Midwood says:
Just wait until the Satmar get wind of this. This nonsense will end quickly.
June 27, 4:36 pm
Local from Here says:
Van Nostrand, ALL RELIGIONS PROMOTE BIGOTRY. Religion is the biggest ongoing scam in history and a colossal waste of time. It's 2019 and people still think there's an invisible guy living in the clouds. It's Idiocracy IRL..
June 27, 4:53 pm
James Maggio from Marine Park says:
What a total political circus. Neither side really cares about the education or welfare of the children. They each have a clear agenda and nothing else matters. The media, special interests ,and politicians just feed into the frenzy. How truly sad. " Pride proceeds the fall" Amen to that!
June 27, 8:02 pm
Fernando Valenzuela says:
People who go to religious service are happier, healthier and live longer. As for the so called protest, Crown Heights has been gentrified by liberal outsiders from jerkwater USA. They do not represent real Brooklyn people.
June 27, 9:51 pm
Chris from Gowanus says:
Hmmm. Live and let live?
June 28, 8:40 am
Mustafa Khant from Atlantic Ave says:
I'm so old - I remember when we used to have perverts.
June 28, 8:48 am
Ro from Park Slope says:
And God looked at ALL of creation, and it was Very Good. And God looked at the creations of the people that made everyone smile (including God!), and they were fabulous.
June 28, 9:38 am
Tenesha Penguin from Crown Heights says:
What the fug is a DRAG QUEEN?!?
June 28, 9:58 am
Local from Here says:
LOL, Yeah, those people frothing at the mouth protesting the Drag Queen Story Hour sure do seem happier and healthier than the counter protesters. 🅽🅾🆃!
June 28, 10:22 am
Local from Here says:
What the fug is a Tenesha Penguin?!? Answer: A racist fat white guy's lame attempt at humor/degradation. GFYS with a rake!
June 28, 10:23 am
Mike from Williamsburg says:
I'm glad to see the people who don't know how to put on makeup are losing.
June 28, 12:50 pm
HONEY says:
Made people would be more accepting if the drag queens weren’t all messy and busted?
June 28, 1:57 pm
Local from Here says:
Maybe if HONEY wasn't an uneducated idiot, "her" post would make sense.
June 28, 2:10 pm
Mai Dai from Graves End says:
A Drag queen is just an entertainer in a clown suit. They don't don the make-up to expect any respect.
June 28, 3:52 pm
Local from Here says:
Hey Mai Dai, just come out of the closet already. It's gotta be stuffy in there with all this heat.
June 28, 4:08 pm
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
HAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHA ...There are just no words for these fruits from the idiot tree. They are obviously not sending their own kids to the thing, but they have to tell other parents what they can and can't do because somewhere in god's big book of bad ideas it says people with ding-dongs can't wear like... corsets or something?
June 28, 7:22 pm
Barry from Kenya says:
The radical Christian right is at it again. They are thought Nazis who want to control everyone else. Bunch of hypocrites. I bet these guys parade around in their wife's panties when shes at church. I do!
June 28, 7:47 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
All I can say to those homophobes is that they can cry me a river that goes as long as the Nile. Better yet, they are most likely in denial about most being alright with a drag queen reading to children. Again, nobody is forcing them to attend such an event, which I don't get why they would care about this anyway. I'm sure those religious zealots wouldn't like it if someone was protesting one of them doing a reading with children with such accusations against them, so now they should know how the drag queens feel when they attack them.
June 29, 5:53 am
Mallory from Bay Ridge says:
The best part of this article: Knight suspected that the story hour program was the beginning of an elaborate indoctrination effort on the part of drag queens everywhere. “They can’t reproduce, so they’re recruiting,” he said. “I’m not a conspiracy theorist, but I think a lot of this ideology is from the cultural Marxists.” Oh, no. Don’t look at me. I’m just over here in my tinfoil hat spouting conspiracy theories but I swear, I’m not a conspiracy theorist, oh no, not me!
June 29, 7:18 am
Kimbo says:
No tinfoils about it. They are doing this across the country.
June 30, 5:52 am
Thomas from Upper East Side says:
You have to wonder why the drag queens are so angry. Is it because they have something to hide? Probably.
July 1, 2:56 pm

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