Suburban Library Stands By Decision To Host Drag Queen Bingo Night For Teens – NBC Chicago

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Despite backlash from some community members, the Downers Grove Library said it has no plans to cancel a planned drag queen bingo night for teens later this year.

The event is scheduled for October 11 at the library, coinciding with “National Coming Out Day.”

The program is for teens in grades 7-12 and will feature a drag performer named Aurora Divine calling out bingo numbers and performing songs.

The library says registration is full and there is now a waiting list. The library says it has received lots of comments and questions from the community about the program, but has insisted the performance will be age-appropriate and has been discussed at length with specially trained librarians. and educated to work with adolescents.

Library director Julie Milavec defended the planned program, saying representation was important.

“Many customers have requested that we cancel it,” she said. “We do not plan to cancel drag queen bingo, (because) it would be negligent for our diverse community.”

Leslie Sadowski-Fugitt is the mother of a first-grader in the community and also supports the program.

“I think it’s a wonderful opportunity for young people to be able to feel represented,” she said. “Of course not every program will be for you, but there has to be a program for everyone and everyone has to feel represented.”

Terry Newsome of Parents Involved in Education says the event is not suitable for the public library.

“It’s more ‘put it in our face’ for a political statement – than for kids,” Newsome said.

The library says an anonymous resident is funding the event. Officials say they are in talks with Downers Grove police to be present on the night of the show.

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