The Australian Christian Lobby’s Peter Abetz this week called for the City of Perth to cancel a Drag Queen Storytime event scheduled to take place at a library next week. However, the council says the event will go ahead.
ACL Western Australian Director Peter Abetz said the events “indoctrinate” and “sexualise” children and “normalise homosexuality and transgenderism”.
“These events target little children to normalise transgenderism and homosexuality.”
“There is strong evidence that premature sexualisation is likely to be detrimental to child health and development, particularly in the areas of body image and sexual health.
“Why can’t we let children be children? The ACL calls on the City of Perth to cancel this event.
“They need to deem Drag Queen Story Times to be unacceptable and inappropriate for preschoolers.”
Following the suspension of the City of Perth’s elected councillors over 12 months ago, three commissioners currently run the city.
City of Perth stands by Drag Queen Storytime event
A City of Perth spokesperson told Out in Perth it’s important to foster “an inclusive community where all people in our diverse population feel welcome.”
“The decision to host Drag Queen Storytime was made in an effort to promote inclusion and diversity among a young audience.
“The City also understands this event is not for everyone, which is why it is a separate event from the library’s standard Storytime.
“No one will be attending who has not actively chosen to attend. In addition, all parents or guardians join their children at the event.
The city’s first Drag Queen Storytime was held during Pride Month in June and was fully booked.
“Following the event, the City received positive feedback and had requests to host more,” the spokesperson said.
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