Drag Queen Bingo at the library canceled after threats, although majority support it

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The Downers Grove Public Library in Illinois had planned to hold a Drag Queen Bingo event on October 11, to mark National Coming Out Day. It has since been canceled after the library received threats. The library received a letter from “Your Friends of Maga” in the mail with a Confederate flag, a note that read “[F-slur] Lover Commies: More to Come For Downers Grove Library,” and a ball.

Despite the hostility and cancellation, Downers Grove Public Library found that overall the community was largely supportive of the event. They tallied over 1,200 comments, including emails, form responses, social media comments, phone calls, and more. They found that 60.6% of respondents supported Drag Queen Bingo, 35.3% opposed it, and 4.1% fell into the “other” category.

You can read to the end all returns the library received. It should be noted that unlike most other forms of feedback, phone calls to the library were overwhelmingly negative. If you’re supporting your library by hosting LBGTQ events and offering LGBTQ books, it’s worth calling: most of the voices they hear are probably critical.

To learn more about the comments received by the library, read the article on Equality Downers Grove. To learn how to fight censorship in the library, check out our anti-censorship toolkit.


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