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LEANDER, Texas (ChurchMilitant.com) - Elected leaders in Leander, Texas, have taken action to end drag queen readings at their local library.
Leander city leaders voted 5-2 during their August meeting on a policy amendment that ends public rentals of the library room.
The vote comes after the town erupted with debate and protests in June about drag queen story hours (DQSH) being held in the public library and after what some observed was "an ongoing push by LGBT activists to spread 'tolerance' via men dressed as women" as they read and dance in front of small children.
Leander, a quickly growing town of about 50,000, is part of Austin's greater metropolitan area. One resident said he moved to Leander to get "away from all the liberalism — and as I've warned people it spreads rapidly," referring to the LGBT ideology moving into the town.
In support of the drag queens, Open Cathedral, a local church, stepped up to host the event by renting the library space for the story hour.
Now, as of Aug. 8, after elected officials of Leander took matters to a vote, DQSHs are effectively stopped. LGBT advocates remain vocal.
Ryan Hart, pastor of Open Cathedral, said that his reason for "hosting" the event is "to keep kids safe. They are going to be safer if they know they can love themselves. Difference is good. The whole thing is about inclusion not controversy."
Hart said he wanted parents and kids to feel "welcomed and safe and included."
Miss Kitty Litter ATX, a DQSH favorite in Austin, Texas, libraries, told local media that "the story times promote 'diversity, inclusiveness, and kindness.'"
Miss Kitty Litter ATX, whose legal name is David Lee Richardson, has a criminal record in Texas, having been arrested for male prostitution in 1996.
According to LifeSiteNews, Richardson continues making "perverse jokes and allusions to prostitution on social media, which strongly suggests that he has no qualms about the sex trade. Some posts suggest that he has not left the prostitution/sex trade at all."
Critics of Leander DQSHs are aware that similar events in Houston included two convicted sex offenders who interacted with children.
One is Houston man, William Travis Dees, aka Lisa Lott, who was incarcerated and listed as a high-risk sex offender in 2004 after he abused multiple children.
Another is Alberto Garza, aka Tatiana Mala Nina, who was convicted of molesting an 8-year-old boy in 2008.
Mary Elizabeth Castle of Texas Values, dedicated to the preservation and advancement of a culture of family values, told one source the city of Leander "spent thousands of dollars on police security at the public library."
"Actually the drag queen didn't show up," she recalls. "But the church that was going to host the drag queen event drew it so much attention that it cost $20,000 of security for police officers and firefighters for the event."
Arthur Schaper, national organization director of Mass Resistance, a leading pro-family activist organization, told Church Militant that his organization was instrumental in encouraging the Leander city leaders to enact their Aug. 8 ordinance that restricts the library room to official business only.
He said in an email the campaign was launched prior to the Aug. 8 meeting to move the city leaders' votes in a family-safe direction.
The Mass Resistance leader is also pushing for background checks for all presenters at public libraries in an attempt to thwart the "perverted agenda" of LGBT activists.
Schaper urges the public to get involved and push back against what he describes as "child grooming at its worse" by visiting the website and contacting the organization for tips and guidance on how to resist LGBT ideology locally.
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