doing this is neither a good nor a bad idea, as the children for the most part will not be able to understand the themes that the drag queens will be tying to convey, and I think they should change the age range they are going for to kids that are a bit older. Reading books with themes of acceptance and then skewing that idea to fit some kind of idea of sexual identification is not going to have the outcome that they think it will.All in all this won't harm the kids, but they will not understand it.
Child(7-10 yrs): Being a young child growing up in an age of information, where actual experiences are quickly becoming less important, it can be hard to decide how you feel about a subject. Take the fact that children no matter the age are impressionable and mix it with the worlds knowledge at your fingertips and you have a recipe for disaster. Acceptance is indeed a great thing to learn from an early age, it is not only a trait but a down right skill that is a necessity in the modern era in order to survive the swimming pool of sharks that is the year 2019 and the many years o come, but if we aren't careful then we could end up biting our own tail.
This event could or could not affect the kids. It's really how the kid see's it not because there a drag queen. With this certain type of thing though I think there should be requirements so there is more of a understanding. Yes, this could possibly affect the community but it could be in a good or bad a way. I say 12+ should be able to attend if they want to because they have a right to want to go do what they want to do. Overall I think this is a great idea because it shows people that you don't have to be like everyone else that you can be what you want to be, to never give up on what you want o do.
From a fellow parent of the children, as a parent there should be precautions with kid's attending this event. We should have better remodels but some of the other parents think it's a good idea to have drag queens reading books to the children. It shouldn't really be a problem, instead of us making the decision for the kid maybe we should let them choose an have a mind of there own. Children are more capable of dealing with things then we think, there known to accept that its another human but some might just like it more then others.This should be a choice by the kids because it is there time of day that is getting taken away.
Drag queen's reading to children will affect everyone in many different ways. Children will be exposed to diversity at some point in their life and they will always be able to make their own choices once they get older. So why keep them from getting this experience and teaching them discrimination at such a young age. Eventually they will see people that are different than them and they will be exposed to things that their parents might not like, but children need to be able to have a free imagination. Giving them the right to grow and not restrict them will make the future for them and the community much easier. Restricting kids only makes them want to lash out and go against adults because it is human nature to want to be able to think and develop freely. Shutting down this program may not hurt the community, but having this program will only make the community better in so many ways.
Parents who are all for their children being open-minded should be for this event because it gives children a way to make decisions themselves, but restricting a child from going will only push them away. Giving them the right to think freely is a big step in growing and this event will help children value and see diverse people in a good way.
This age group of kids, from around 2-9 years old would not affect them in a negative way. If anything, this will help benefit them. Kids that age do not know what is wrong with the world. They think that everything is perfect. They also know better than most people on how to accept those who are different from others. Kids won't look at a drag queen and see a man dressed as a woman trying to get attention or see a guy just confused and think something has to be wrong with them, they see someone who trying their best to be themselves and they don't look at them any different than they would anyone else. People in this world don't think its okay to accept yourself for who you really are if it's being a drag queen or gay or part of the LGBT community. This event will help teach children that no matter who they are, they are always accepted by someone and that its okay to be who you really are. They don't have to hide themselves from the world just because some people have a different belief. They are allowed to choose who they want to be. We should have to cancel an event just because a few people disagree, if you disagree then just don't attend. It's not a mandatory event. This event will help them accept themselves and know that they are never alone in this world no matter who they decide to become.
Speaking for all parents of kids around the age group 2-9, kids should get to decide for themselves on what they want to do. If they want to go to see drag queens read, then let them. They have young, exploring, and curious minds. They need to do whatever makes their little hearts happy. They are still learning day by day and don't know what to believe for themselves yet. Doing this will help them explore different options over certain topics such as the LGBT community. They're still so young that they don't know their right from wrong. We should not be forced to make this decision for them. If they don't want to go see drag queens, then they can stay home that day. Kids need to be able to grow up knowing that they can decide for themselves. This event could also traumatize them and scare them, for they may have no idea what is going on. We don't want kids to be scared of being different, but we also don't want them to be scared of other people who are different. Some may say 2-9 years old is too young, others may say it's old enough. That's for you and your child to decide, not society. Do what makes your children happy, not what makes you happy.
This event could affect the overall community in the future by how it affects the kids now. Today, Evansville is seen as very conservative and stuck in their ways. If kids attend and the library's goal is achieved, Evansville may be seen as a more open community. This would give Mayor Winnecke a huge advantage in his new "E is for everyone" policy. If kids are exposed to an event like this now, they may grow up with more open-minded views. Some people may say that kids don't have a choice on whether or not they attend. That could also be a good thing because if they are opened up to it, they can form their own opinion on whether or not the support drag queens. This could lead into them learning how to form their own opinion for anything. Having an event with drag queens in Evansville could help the community in more ways than one.
Parent- Parents who want their kids to grow up with an open-mind should be okay with having a drag queen event in Evansville. Growing up, I was never influenced by my parents. They never said their political stances or really even talked about their position on hot topics. Being a very republican and conservative city, Evansville has never had copious amounts of events that supported the LGBTQ community. Having an event like this could help other adults open their mind, too. Even if parents don't agree with it, they can still take their child and let them decide whether or not they agree with it. Most parents already say "Don't knock it until you try it" about vegetables, but the same concept can be applied here as well.
(Parent) We the people have decided it would not be ok to portray this information into our children’s minds. At this stage of life they can learn a new language faster than an adult can because of how much knowledge they consume. There have been a copious amount of the parents who just don’t want to push this world epidemic onto their kids. It’s too soon to bring this topic up and you have to respect people’s religious beliefs as well. This could turn into a fiasco at the flip of a hat. They won’t understand why a man is in women’s clothes so then we have to go home and discuss something they still won’t understand.
This event could affect kids in our community in many ways. Young kids are very impressonable, and many children will not be given a choice to go. It is easyto see why people see this as a benificial program, but i think that the children of this age group are to young and fragile minded to be around drag queens. Kids should not be taught that guys dressing like girls is how things should be, I understand wanting to teach acceptance but I dont see why it has to be a drag queen. I think that many other peoplecould come and read that would not have as controversial views. I am all for accepptance but I am not for making kids think that being a drag queen is just how things are becouse it is not.
The CEO of Evansvilles public library must consider many things when deciding to let controversial groups around children. You must remember that if the Drag queens Get to come to the library and read to the kids to try to teach the kids "acceptance" then this means any group can come and try to influince the youth with their views. This means that if a white supremacest group came and wanted to read a book teaching about what they belive or teaching to accept them for who they are you have to let them. I understand that this is a Kind of harsh example but if the public library is for everyone and the drag queens can come and read then you must accept any group no matter how controversial.
This event will have a negative affect on the age group and the community, because it will make kids scared. If I where a young kid of about 5 years old and I saw a person that sounded like a man, but was dressed up like a woman, I would be scared. Drag queens are meant to make kids more accepting, but I think it will make acceptance worse for the LGBT community. Kids that where scared by drag queens when they where little will likely resent them as they grow up. Justin Elpers states “It is totally inappropriate for that age,”. This shows us that kids of young age should not be made to listen or see drag queens. Drag queen story hour will have a negative affect on the community. Once the kids that got scared by drag queens as kids grow up, they will show people to be scared and resent drag queens themselves. If libraries can find better role model, and just teach about acceptance instead of forcing it on kids, our community will be stronger.
From a parents perspective, parents shouldn't care if the Evansville Public Library hosted drag queen story hour. It is the parent's choice to take their kid to this event. Parents that want their kids to see the drag queens should be allowed to. Drag queens can have this event, but most parents probably will not go. It is the parents choice to take their kid to this event. If they don't like it then they are recommended to not attend. Drag queen story hour is a filly optional. If parents have the choice for their child to attend or not, then they should have no issues with this event.
With having the drag queens reading to kids in the public library it brings with it a controversy on the effects of the children and the community. The purpose of having the drag queens read the books is supposed to give the children to be open minded and accepting, but doing this is not the correct move because with them being children it can make them think a certain way. Small children do not have their own opinion, their opinions are based off of what the adult figures around them opinions are. Having the drag queens read to the kids in a way might influence them to be like that as they get older. A solution to this problem might be to have another figure who is a representation of acceptance that won't cause so much controversy across the city and possibly further.
Any parent could tell you the same thing that their small children mimic the actions of those around them, whether that is good or bad behavior. With parents wanting their children to become their own person and having their own perspectives and thoughts having drag queens read to them would be pushing something on the children. Since kids are so impressionable it is likely that having this event would cause the younger kids that attend to act like the people reading to them. Which would take away from them creating their own ideals and morals.
There is an event being held at an Evansville library were drag queens are teaching the youth about open-mindedness and inclusion. This event can affect kids positively; however, they need a different reader teaching them about this idea. Having drag queens read to a younger generation will simply not work to push their message across. The children that it is aimed at are simply immature and not ready for this, and will most likely focus on 'how funny' that person looks and not learn the message. Having a more normal, down to earth speaker would be a better decision for this event. For example, an openly gay man or women who works a normal job, and has faced the closed-mindedness of other people. To benefit the quality of the message being made, the role model/reader should not be a drag queen, but someone who has gone through a transition, and teach the youth to become more open-minded.
The job of the parent is to pass on their morals and beliefs onto their child. This outside party is trying to shove what they believe into the brains of children. It is not their job to do that however. The child will respond to how their parent thinks, believes, and acts. Having this outside party, with possible mental illness, "educate" children about how to include a very small proportion of the population about being accepted should not be allowed. It is the parents duty to teach and pass on morals to their offspring, and not an outside force brainwashing children.
Allowing drag queens to read to the youth of our small community could be troublesome. Although the LGBT community bases its ideals from self-expression and acceptance, it seems as if they want to influence everyone to become like them. Planting this stem into young children's minds would be influential, due to this age group being so malleable. On the other hand, I don't believe that the LGBT community and drag queens in particular should be "exiled" or anything of the sort. The message is a great one, and I believe that everyone should think this way. But again, exposing small children to this could lead them the wrong way, and ultimately infect their ever-developing minds with ideas that they aren't educated enough to understand. These children need more time to grow to an age where they can develop their own opinions, and decide if they want to support a movement, like the LGBT.
The youth of our community should be educated on the topic of drag queens, and the LGBT community and general. It's time that we expose them to this level of self expression and acceptance that the LGBT gives off. Children has been long deprived of this knowledge, and maybe introducing this widespread, ever-growing movement to them will jog their brains into thinking for themselves. We can't just keep them away from it altogether, and all in all, it'd be harmful to. Do no deprive these children of the knowledge of self expression and allow them to become baseless, out-of-the-loop zombies, who know nothing other than what their parents tell them.
Children will always be heavily influenced by their role models and environment. This is straight up human nature. Young children are able to formulate opinions based on their experiences and perceived information. By allowing drag queens to read to young children, we are opening new thoughts of acceptance in the children's brains. The same process happens when people grow bias against individuals of other classes, races, etc. This is all learned behavior. A drag queen reading to children is no different from a Sunday school teacher reading bible stories to their young audience. There is the opinion that a parent shouldn't force their kid into the drag queen's readings, but many parents will easily force their children to go to church. Our community is influenced by a lot of things from religion to varying social classes, and having a drag queen teach about acceptance would positively reinforce kids' thoughts about sexuality, individualism, and acting on their own without feeling judged by society and its sometimes-brutal standards.
A parent is taking their 7 year old kid through the library as they're looking for books to take home. As they wander, a reading session is going on. A woman, or a man dressed as a woman, is reading a story to the children. They call themselves a "drag queen" and the parent is hesitant to let their kid sit and watch. They observe the other parents and notice they are all normal people. The kids are listening attentively to the person reading, and let out a giggle every so often. This interaction is odd to the parent, but they allow their kid to sit with the others and listen to the drag queen present. They notice that the woman is acting like a normal person, contrary to their different appearance. The kids see this drag queen as a person who dresses different, not some abomination to society. As the parent accepts what is happening and embraces this uncommon experience, they open their child to more of a diverse atmosphere.
The reading to children from a Drag-queen has started a large amount of controversy in our city of Evansville. The focus is on the children and how they may react to this reading. This event may effect kids in positive ways, such as their openness to the people reading the books, and the building of there misjudging character as they start to grow up, into more of a positive open direction. This reading can also effect children in negative ways also, such as if it is even their choice to participate in the reading because since they are still young, their parents control there actions, where they go, and who they are around. Being around this community also has the possibility to make them more against the LGBT community, if they either already have a judging mindset that it is wrong, or if they learn that what they are doing is not right while they are in that environment.
As a parent that is against the drag queen reading at the EVPL. Their is a large amount of controversy within this situation. Being against it, imagine if the kids had morals and ideas pressed on them that were what their parents were against. They would not know better to why it was right or wrong, and depending on how compelling of a case the drag queen reader could make, it would spiral their life down into a direction that we as parents can see as unhealthy and immoral. Understanding the root push behind self expression and being freely you, it makes an attractive case to the flesh. Some parents may understand reasons why this is wrong, and to see kids that we are trying to raise into morally correct ladies and gentlemen head down an incorrect path would be heartbreaking.
Kids are open-minded and Evansville is trying to keep them open-minded so that later our community as a whole is more open-minded. The LGBTQ community does exist and they are not going any where. Communities are more open to new things and how the world is changing so Evansville needs to go with that as well. The age groups that they are wanting to read to are very open to new things because they have not been taught to think otherwise. The Evansville community is very stuck in their ways of thinking but with the Drag queens reading to kids that are younger might be the best thing for our future in helping our community being more open to new stuff. The kids are not going to know who is reading to them they just want somebody to read to them. As kids get older they can choose if they want to do those kinds of things but if they are exposed while they were younger they might be more open to that kind of way of life.
The "E is for everyone" is the mayor's slogan for his campaign. He would want to use this event to promote this event to reinforce what the E is for everyone means and how that is going to change how Evansville community is going to change hopefully for the better. If he doesn't help get this event moving then his E is for everyone is not going to work and the community will not believe in it and his whole slogan with putting it on buildings and putting out commercials will not work and it will all be for nothing. So if we want the community to change then we will have to make sure that everyone know that E is for everyone not just for a certain group of people.
Children are extraordinarily impressionable souls. There have been long debates over nature vs nurture when children are growing, and how their personalities, thoughts, viewpoints, and opinions form. Likewise, there have been copious amounts of arguments over such modern topics as LGBT and when children should be educated over such incredibly diverse and divided topics. I am a firm believer that nurture has a huge hand in construction of our next generations. However, this isn't just limited to what their parents choose to place upon them, and what ideals. A clear example of this takes firm hold in our minds between the 1950's and 1970's of America. Adults were hard working, God fearing, segregated , uptight people. They attempted to raise their children with the same values as them, but this backfired immensely. Such things as the hippie culture, civil rights movement, anti-war protests, and huge questions of the current authorities in power of the government. It is for this reason that I believe we should be extremely careful what we force on our children, as it could blow up in our faces similarly. Growing up is all about learning how to take your independence and figuring out who you are as a person. When you aren't allowed to do these things, and others try and decide it for you, this creates frustration and confusion. Often leading to a rebellious generation that loathes the ideals of the past. This event on its own, may have very little effect on kids in the long run. This might make the children who attend more open minded and inclusive, but widespread, constant similar events may have the unwanted effect of putting kids in a position of dependence on others for their ideals. We should tread very lightly with this sort of teaching, and be careful with what we try to engrave in the minds of our youth.
The issue of the drag queens coming to the EVPL is a very sensitive one, with many factors to consider. Many people of all ages, backgrounds, and viewpoints utilize the resources of the EVPL. Due to this, pleasing as many people as possible is the end goal. One glaring issue is one of safety of the library goers. This issue is incredibly fragile, and divisive. Individuals become incredibly emotional at the mention of it, on either side. Protests have already often gathered for or against it, and as seen on modern television, such large scale movements can lead to violence and danger. All it takes is a singular, angry troublemaker to launch a brick, whack someone with a stick, or simply nail someone in the teeth with a right hook, and it transforms from a simple peaceful demonstration to a riot. The EVPL's guidelines state that people can only reserve time slots and read if their time is used in a safe manner for all, so the danger of angry mobs could influence this. The other perspective to think of, however, is of discrimination. The EVPL also states in its guidelines that all individuals can come, and are not to be discriminated against. Whether they are drag queens or not, they have a right outlined in the EVPL's own writing to come in and utilize the library's resources. The issue is incredibly messy, and no clear 100% stance can be made, especially by an organization as grey and outside of the issue as the EVPL that must work to please as many as possible with their services.
How might this event affect kids?
Children are very easy to shape and something like these readings can open their minds up at a very young age. Learning about these people and the LGBTQ community early in life can make kids more accepting and open to new things and people. There however should be a limit on the age of this event. The kids allowed to attend should be at least six or seven years old and they should be going willingly. If a child was forced into these readings, it might cause an apposite effect and cause he or she to be less open the drag queens and people of the LGBTQ community. Despite the backlash surrounding the event, it could show the next generation how to be open and accept others as they are growing up in.
The parents who choose to take their child to this reading program are opening up their minds to so much more at such a young age. This could cause may confusions in their early life and childhood. Reading at the library has a good theme behind it but if parents are not careful it could create a reverse effect and make them less open to new things and people. Say someone forced their child to go that would make them dislike the event along with the drag queen host's. The idea behind it is good but must be used in the right circumstances.
Here in Evansville, we are having people read to children at the libraries and some people aren't to fond of the idea because of who is reading these books. The people who are reading these books are drag queens, which if you didn't know already, is a man dressed up like a woman. A lot of people in the community are either really for this idea or really not. Then there is a question, how will this affect the kids and the overall community? I personally don't think that this is such a big deal, if you want your child to be accepting of everyone for who they are, take them to the reading. If you don't agree with what is going on, then don't go/take you child. This event is not mandatory by any means so it shouldn't be that big of a predicament. This will not affect anyone down the road that much where this would be a complication, I think that Evansville as a community, needs to realize this shouldn't be a problem.
(Parent) I believe that parents would not like this idea having grown man read to their children while dressed up as a woman. Children are very impressionable at a young age and could teach them things that the parents might not want them to learn. Some parents may disagree because they want their children to be who they want to be, but most parents would probably agree, this is not an excellent concept. Parents may not want their son dressing as a girl at such a youthful age. The parents, I belief, would not want this in their home town.
There`s many issues of the idea of drag queens coming to read to the children. The majority of these kids arent even an apporapoiate age to be expossed to this type of behaviors and mostly to take their on decision making. The problem comes down to what if the parents are exposing the children to this. Maybe the children dont have a choice and to that could leave a negitive effect on them. The overall event could be confusing for kids. There is other ways the LGBT communitry can express their views.
Parents who frequently visit the North Park Libary are not totally against the idea of drag queens reading to kids. The maturity and age of these kids is a major factor in this whole debate. The children need to be a certian age to where they understand and have the responsibility to make their own decisions.
Children in our community have been given the opportunity to go and have story time with drag queens and the city itself has been split on what to do, should we allow it or shut the event down. The controversy surrounding this event is leaving many to wonder why the children and the response they got was that they wanted to spread the thought of acceptance to the kids so they will be more understanding in the future. Will this event directly affect the kids, most likely no due to the fact that people that bring their children to the story time believe strongly in acceptance and these children have been exposed already as opposed to those that don't go who have many reasons not to go. The event should not be shut down, if it were to be shut down it would paint our town as a anti-acceptance town. Further more if we were to shut it down it would be shutting the first amendment rights of a group which is wrong and against the constitution.
The EVPL's new drag queen event is stirring up some tensions across the city. There are many people on both sides of this argument both wanting to have their point put through. The mayor could step in and say whatever side he would support but this wouldn't be the smartest idea. The mayor should stay neutral in this due to the fact that with either option he has the chance to loose voters, people on the side he didn't pick would feel betrayed and most likely not vote for him in the next election.
The city of Evansville is hosting an event for the LGBTQ community at the Northpark Library. The event is to teach kids to accept and be open minded towards people that are different. This event has caused an uproar in the community raising question to whether it is good or bad for our community some are thinking that our kids are too young to be exposed to this while others think that it is good and can teach our kids to accept others. In my opinion we should allow this to happen because we can't keep holding back issues like this and instead we should be accepting as a community. Our community needs to come together and make a decision good or bad on this event about the drag queens.
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From a parents perspective of this topic it could be very vague on the stance that they have towards it. I feel like some parents wouldn't mind the knowledge for there kids to have at this young age, while other parents would believe that it is plaguing there childrens minds.
How will this affect choices/ age groups and the community?
The North Park Public Library is having Drag Queens read to children. I believe this may or may not affect children. Parents arent obligated to take their kid(s) to this event. I think requirements should be set and age range should be 12 and up. I believe Drag Queens just want to be accepted and aloud to do things with the community. I think it wouldn't hurt to let them do this. The community may have their own opinions and expect the event to be stopped. But, this event may change alot for people and their thoughts.
Many familys have always attended North Park Public Library. Each pearents may have their own personal opinion for or against it but parents have to think what's best for their own kids. If a parent does take their children depending on their age it may scare or have a positive outcome on them. Parents who are complaning about this event isn't obligated to go nobody is it's just a diffrent type of experience at an event that has became a trend. It's an oppertunity for the LGBT community to show they want to be accept through our community.