(WHAS 11) – The inside of a library is usually a quiet place, but outside the downtown branch of the Louisville Free Public Library Saturday afternoon was a different story as police set up metal barriers to clear a path up to the front of the library. People cheered and jeered as parents brought their children up the steps to attend the first Drag Queen Storytime held at a city library. “It’s really kind of a way to encourage kids to be themselves and let them know it’s okay to be who they are,”

Maggie Carnes, an organizer with the Fairness Campaign, said. The story time event was billed by the library as an event to promote education and inclusion, but it nevertheless drew its share of controversy. Like other cities around the country that have held similar events, protesters were ready to make their displeasure heard. “We have our constitutional right to believe in the Bible as the Word of God. It is our religious freedom,” Midwest Church of Christ Pastor Jerry Stephenson said. READ MORE


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