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HOUSTON (ChurchMilitant.com) - In a victory for pro-family advocacy, a library was forced to apologize for allowing a registered child sex offender to read to children at a Drag Queen Storytime.
Since July, pro-family and church groups have been campaigning to stop the Houston Public Library from hosting Drag Queen Storytime. In October, three pro-family activists sued to stop the events but the suit was thrown out.
In February, after presenting the Houston City Council with a report detailing the background of the drag queen readers, they finally succeeded in getting the event relocated from the library to a local "gay church."
The Houston chapter of MassResistance, a pro-family advocacy group, took up the fight in November 2018 and demanded information on the background of the performers since the flyers for the events only used the stage names.
After the library refused, Houston MassResistance did its own investigation and developed a 163-page report that "documents the range of corruption, dishonesty, and unethical conduct surrounding the Drag Queen event."
MassResistance found that Albert Alfonso Garza, who performs as Tatiana Mala Nina, is a registered sex offender for a 2008 conviction for assaulting an 8-year-old boy. Garza had been reading to children as young as 2 years old at the Freed-Montrose Library in Houston.
Houston Public Library released a statement on Friday that said the library was just made aware that Garza had a criminal background and would be preventing him from participating in any future programs.
"In our review of our process and of this participant, we discovered that we failed to complete a background check as required by our own guidelines," the library said.
The library apologized and explained that all library events are supervised by staff and parents are present, adding that "no participant is ever alone with children."
In their investigation, Houston MassResistance also uncovered "pornographic material and general depraved sexual activity associated with the Drag Queen participants."
"The exposé makes crystal clear the real interests of these Drag Queens. They don't really care about 'promoting literacy' in Houston. Rather, they are obsessed with homosexual sex, involving the most degraded and dangerous behaviors," Houston MassResistance wrote.
In part one of Houston MassResistance's three-part report, they noted, "In Houston, these events are worse than in other places," adding the Houston events are "more overtly perverted and clearly dysfunctional than other Drag Queen Story Hours around the country."
The recommended books to be read to children at Drag Queen events are designed to normalize LGBT behaviors in children and toddlers. They also found that some of the Drag Queens are connected to youth groups.
Child Lures Prevention, started by child safety experts Rosemary Webb and Jennifer Mitchell, note potential child molesters mostly lure children into situations.
They list several situations that can provide them access to children: taking jobs and participating in community events that involve children, volunteering in youth organizations and loitering in places where children typically are.
In their research, Child Lures Prevention found that children between 5 and 12 years old account for half of all child sexual abuse.
Although the Houston City officials are claiming it is not on public property, the Houston Public Library is still organizing the event and promoting it on its website. They also found some of the library staff helping at the event.
Houston MassResistance members are continuing their fight for accountability from city officials.
"If the library was violating rules and policies or breaking laws, this must be resolved — and not happen again," they said.
They also are calling for a national outcry against the American Library Association and its promotion of these events.