Montana zoo faces backlash for Pride Month drag queen story hour

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A zoo in Billings, Montana is committed to presenting a “Drag Queen Story Hour” on June 22 despite backlash, saying they’re going to “move forward with this harmless and fun reading event that is held throughout the country.”

According to KTVQ, ZooMontana is set to hold a “Drag Queen Story Hour” on June 22 in honor of Pride Month. The event, which is being met with backlash from the local community, is being held in collaboration with 406 Pride.

406 Pride is a local “LGBTQ+ resource center” and its president, Walt Donges, said of ZooMontana’s decision to continue moving forward with the event despite backlash, “There are few times in my life that I can say I’m actually impressed, but I am impressed. I am pleased that it’s not just me standing up, it’s the zoo standing up for what’s right.”

Reports of what’s seen at Drag Queen Story Hours have reflected behavior ranging from adult males flashing their genitals to events hosted by convicted child sex offenders.

“In this conservative community,” Donges said, “people think that their way of thinking is the right way all the time and there’s not a lot of room for people that think differently or progressively. Yeah, we know what we’re up against. We’re up against a bully.”

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