Australians have rallied on Twitter around the two Queensland drag queens targeted by right-wing student protesters at Drag Storytime on Sunday.
Footage of the incident went viral overnight showing the protesters yelling “drag queens are not for kids” at the Brisbane Council-supported event.
Valkyrie explained on Facebook he was “inside during the disruption, calming children and families” while Diamond confronted the protesters.
They also said they will be taking legal action, urging the group to “learn from the consequences of your actions”.
After the incident, Diamond wrote that “the one thing I will not stand is for what they did in front of the children and there family’s and to see people crying and wanting hugs.”
“[I] love you all and we must stand as one and not let this bring us down,” she said.
After the footage from the Drag Storytime made national headlines, Australians sent the hashtag #IStandWithQueens viral with messages of support.
See some of the tweets backing the drag queens below:
I would rather my kids spend an entire week with you reading to them, than a minute with those uninspiring and hateful young liberals. Their action, not yours, has probably scarred those kids. Keep spreading your love #istandwithqueens
— Lisa Lintern (@lisa_lintern) January 12, 2020
No one should be made to feel afraid at a library.
The price of democracy is to respect the right of some to hold opinions that we find repellent.
It is not to tolerate behaviour that scares kids.
Kids, enjoying story time.
At a library.
— David Caldicott (@ACTINOSProject) January 12, 2020
Everyone deserves safety, inclucivity & respect. That they targeted a safe place where children gather is beyond comprehension. I’m devastated for all involved #IStandWithQueens
— Annie Fisher (@handmadebyagirl) January 12, 2020
Whether it’s rebellion, rebellion, speaking up for those who can’t, or laughing when the world wants us to be miserable – drag performers have done more than their fair share. #IStandWithQueens because they’re fearless, passionate, and fabulous and I am so thankful.
— Ross Healy (@rosshealywrites) January 12, 2020
Drag Storytime performers are ‘compassionate and understanding with kids’
I would attend every reading session they would host, because the confidence they give my daughter is some thing beautiful. I will always stand with queens. They are so compassionate and understanding with kids #IStandWithQueens
— Danni King (@DeeMummaKing) January 12, 2020
When I was pretty young (not Story Time young but still pretty young), I was in a musical with a drag queen. She was spectacular. Me and the other kids loved her.
You know what would have upset us? A bunch of arseholes bursting into the theatre to “protest”. #IStandWithQueens
— 💫 Emily Wrayburn 💫 (@emilywrayburn) January 12, 2020
My eldest son is a Drag Queen (yes I have a 30 year old son I have 4 boys) broke my heart knowing that he has to still put up with this kind of shit in 2020 #IStandWithQueens
— Nicole Pixie Devine (@PumpernickleP) January 12, 2020
Awful. So sorry this happened to you and Diamond. What a horrible experience for both of you, and for the kids and their families and the library staff. Solidarity. We must always stand against homophobia and transphobia ✊🏼🏳️🌈❤️ #IStandWithQueens
— Shane Bazzi (@shanebazzi) January 12, 2020
Queers are powerful, resilient and full of love. We will work against homophobia & transphobia where ever it is #IStandWithQueens
— Joshua Badge (@joshuabadge) January 13, 2020
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