DELAWARE, Ohio (WCMH) — A program titled ‘Drag 101’ will no longer be held at the Delaware County District Library.
The program, intended for teens, was to be one of 400 summer programs held at the library.
Drag performer Selena T. West was scheduled to teach the program. West said there was a threat made against those participating in the program.
“When you say and demonize gay people, or drag queens or trans individuals under the guise of being an advocate for children, then you’re letting people know, or you’re telling people that we are a danger to children,” said West. “So, those people, some of them who aren’t probably all there in the head, might think that they need to protect children from us, because you’ve demonized gay people, drag queens, and trans individuals.”
West said that while those organizing opposition to the program may not condone the threat, they created a condition where it was inevitable.
“You’re sending a message that we are not worthy of love, we are not worthy of being equal to you. We don’t deserve rights. And when you’re saying that we shouldn’t be around children, them yeah, someone is going to call and make a threat because they think that they are protecting children,” said West.
The program will now be hosted at Secret Identity Comics in Delaware from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on June 5.