Despite fierce blowback, ZooMontana sticking with hosting 'Drag Queen Story Hour'

CHRISTINE COMPTON

In spite of objections and even threats from community members, ZooMontana is sticking to its plans to host “Drag Queen Story Hour” as part of Pride Month.

Drag Queen Story Hours, in which a person in drag reads storybooks to children, have been held around the world since about 2015, usually in libraries, parks or schools.

406 Pride, a Billings LGBTQ+ resource center, is sponsoring the story hour at ZooMontana Wednesday, June 22 from 12 to 4 p.m. Tickets are $4. For Pride Month, 406 Pride is also holding a poetry open mic night and a queer young adults event for people ages 18-30.

Shortly after the story hour was announced, ZooMontana heard an uproar.

On Friday, Republican Rep. Matt Rosendale tweeted, “I’m appalled by ZooMontana’s decision to promote child abuse and expose children to inappropriate, sexual content. There is no place for this at public family venues, and ZooMontana should be ashamed.”

Republican Sen. Steve Daines also weighed in. “Montana kids deserve better than story time with a drag show. Let’s let kids be kids, not tools of this destructive woke ideology,” he tweeted.

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