The Hiring Of A Convicted Child Rapist Put The Event On Hold
It’s likely most of you reading this are a part of the LGBTQ community or an ally. It’s apparent anyone belonging to a particular group of people will likely have the backs of those similar to them, just look at how much political parties will stand up for someone when they are wrong. Yes, our community looks out for one another, as we should after decades of struggling for equality, but there is no reason we should not be calling out those in our community who make dangerous choices and should face consequences. Recently, we have seemingly all but thrown actor Jussie Smollett under the bus after he tried further dividing the nation with an alleged staged racist, homophobic, and leftist attack . Let’s not forget the many men of Hollywood like Kevin Spacey and Bryan Singer who have been slammed with endless allegations of child sexual abuse. Progress, right? Let’s continue to act as a unit and pluck the bad weeds who we should not associate with. However, there are many articles circulating about Houston, Texas’ Drag Queen Story Time which are delivering only half of the story to possibly protect someone from our community and solely blame homophobia. There is more to this story.
According to Pride’s headline, Christian activists harassment forced Drag Queen Story Time to an end. This is only half true. While the anti-drag queen activists have been pursuing the cancelation of the event, where drag queens read to children in a public library, for a year, it is not what solely what caused the event to be put on hold.
According to The Daily Mail, Pro-Family activists discovered the organizers of Story Time, Trent Lira and Devin Will, failed to perform a background check and allowed drag queen Tatiana Mala-Nina (Albert Alfonso Garza) to work around children. Garza is a convicted child rapist who was charged with child sexual assault in 2008. His victim was an eight-year-old boy. This is the main reason why the organizers, who are obviously unfit to continue with this event, stepped down from their jobs. To make it clear, the Freed-Montrose Library in Houston still supports having Story Time, despite the many allegations of giving into the homophobes and canceling the event all together. Now, they want to ensure there will be no convicted child sex offenders under their roof and want to have the appropriate, educated, professional team who will follow proper guidelines and protect the safety of innocent children. The library is currenting vetting other community members who want to take over coordination and expect the event to be back in place as soon as next month.
To everyone up in arms, roaring homophobia and stressing out due to a misleading headline and not reading into the story, stop. The Pro-Family activists who have been protesting the events have not had any pull with the library. They have been protesting for a year and nothing has happened besides their own anger boiling over themselves! It is the fact that members of our own community failed to do their jobs and one ended up being a convict that has this event in limbo. The sooner we start recognizing our own faults is when we can eventually grow together.
Writer’s Note: This is the opinion of one Instinct Magazine contributor and does not reflect the views of Instinct Magazine itself nor fellow contributors.
H/T: The Daily Mail