The Drag Queen Story Hour, pushed by the American Library Association, that has invaded libraries across the United States is raising serious questions about child protection protocol. Photographs have surfaced showing a drag queen, Carla Rossi, rolling around on the floor in full-body contact with minor children at the Multnomah County Library (MCL) in Oregon. The event appears to have happened last October and photographs were recently found on the library’s Flickr account.
In order to be a volunteer in the Catholic Church in America, child safety training is mandatory. “In accordance with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (2002, updated in 2018), all priests and deacons must complete a Background Check and Safe Environment training. These must be renewed every three years.” That goes for volunteers too.
It includes basic safety precautions for the protection of children including a criminal background check, training to avoid hugs, offering “side-hugs” only, no lap-sitting, and to always have two adults with children at all times. Volunteers are further trained to look for signs of abuse and identify abusers before they can offend. No priest or volunteer in a Catholic Church would ever be rolling around on the floor with children lying on top of them in 2019. So, imagine my surprise to see these photos of a Drag Queen Story Hour at the MCL in Oregon circulating on Twitter showing a grown man, who was either contracted or volunteered to read stories to children, lying on the floor with the children sprawled out on top of him with full-body contact. The photographs were recently removed from the library’s Flickr account.
Now imagine that priests were reading stories to children in public buildings and were photographed rolling around on the floor with toddlers. Do you think there would be a great hue and outcry? I’m certain there would be, and deservedly so. But why is everyone completely silent about these men taking liberties with children all over the country?