ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – An event slated for St. Petersburg that claimed to be the “World’s Largest Drag Queen Story Hour” is not happening.
At least right now.
The Twitter account Gays Against Groomers, an LGBT group that fights the sexualization of children by radical LGBT members, posted the news Tuesday night.
“GREAT NEWS! The world’s largest drag queen story hour attempt that was to happen in St. Pete FL, later this month has been CANCELED! We were setting up a huge protest for it, but we’re very happy that it will no longer be taking place,” the group posted.
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Gays Against Groomers included a screenshot of the Facebook post announcing the cancellation.
“They probably saw only like 10 people were coming and decided to save themselves the embarrassment and cancel,” the group added. “Our protest would have completely drowned it out!”
The Florida Standard, a conservative website, reported last month that organizers asserted the drag-queen story hour would be a “very family-friendly event.” It was set for the Downtown Waterfront in St. Pete.
The show had been planned since at least 2017, Florida Standard noted, and at least 1,300 people expressed an interest in attending.
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On Facebook, organizers touted it, saying, “We’ll kick the afternoon off with a short march to protest Florida’s newest bigoted, oppressive and problematic policies. (Don’t Say Gay, Stop Woke, the 15-week abortion ban, etc.) From there, we’ll attempt to set the record for the World’s Largest Drag Queen Story Time with Florida drag performers sharing stories and books with kids.”
The St. Pete event’s demise comes as Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration has announced an investigation into a “Drag Queen Christmas” event at a Fort Lauderdale club last month. People under 18 could attend the event if accompanied by a parent.
In a statement, the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation said, “Exposing children to sexually explicit activity is a crime in Florida, and such action violates the Department’s licensing standards for operating a business and holding a liquor license.”