Response regarding Rainbow storytime

12/08/2019

Please note: The following reponses are attributable to a Council spokesperson

Will the council's libraries be hosting any more future visits from drag queen story tellers for preschoolers?

Yes. Due to popular demand, Council will continue to host Story Time events that include storytellers from a range of diverse backgrounds including drag queens, indigenous, LGBTQI and CALD community members and disabled people.

These events provide families with an opportunity to experience positive and inclusive role models in a fun environment, and have proved to be enormously popular with our community.

Is it guaranteed the parents are in attendance?
Parents and/or carers are expected to be in attendance for all library Story Time events.

What does the Mayor say to critics who feel drag queens are adult entertainment and not suitable for children?
Performers who conduct story time dressed in costume (such as drag queens, clowns, mascots, etc) are not considered to be adult entertainment and Council rejects the suggestion that our story tellers are in any way unsuitable for children.

In the past two years Council’s Rainbow Story Time events have been consistently booked out by parents and carers weeks in advance due to overwhelming demand.

Council understands the importance of recognising and embracing the rich diversity that exists within our community. The promotion of environments that are visibly welcoming and inclusive of different communities will continue into the future.