500 Mom Strong and its male allies rallied outside the Spokane South Hill Public Library on Saturday, June 15. The afternoon event, which attracted more than 200 supporters, took place on the opposite side of the street from the library. It featured several church groups, music, police, snipers, and the arrest of a Christian pastor.
Pastor Afhsin Yaghtin of New Covenant Baptist Church argued with police about having to remain at a distance from the library. Hundreds of supporters of Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH) held a counter-rally beside the public facility.
500 Mom Strong is a group founded over Facebook by Anna Bohach, a woman who believes that library drag queen events are both misogynist and attempts to sexualize children.
Bohach began the group when she discovered that the Spokane South Hill Branch Library was going to host a “Drag Queen Story Hour” on June 15. An official advertisement for the event promised “a special sparkly edition of storytime.”
“We will share stories of identity and inclusion and celebrate creativity with a craft,” the ad continued.
In an early post describing the new group, Bohach explained why she finds drag queens so offensive.
“500 Mom Strong is a group of women who have had enough with the sexualization of our children and the mockery of our femininity,” she wrote.
“The Spokane Public Library South Hill has decided to host a ‘Drag Queen Story Hour’ on June 15th, at 2pm. This is misogyny; drag queens are very offensive to women. They are grotesque hypersexualized caricatures of women. They mock women and debase our womanhood and femininity. A drag queen is no different than a racist donning black face,” she continued.
“The library hosting such an event teaches our sons that women are just sexual objects and it teaches our daughters that they must be overly sexualized to be desired. Enough is enough. We say NO more to a political agenda aimed at degrading women and sexualizing children. We say no to gender appropriation!”
Soon after 500 Mom Strong went live on Facebook, it was inundated with misogynist and sexually explicit abuse from drag queens and their supporters.