JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A “Storybook Pride Prom” for teenagers that had been scheduled for Friday night, where youth were invited to dress as their favorite book characters — including in drag, was cancelled due to stated “emotional and physical safety” concerns. The event had generated an impassioned response from both sides, with tickets selling out on one hand but also being opposed by others as being inappropriate for children.
“You’re invited to create your own ‘happily ever after’ at The Storybook Pride Prom!” the event page on the Jacksonville Public Library website read. “Come dressed inspired by your favorite book character — casual, formal, or in drag — whatever makes you feel great. Be you! Bring a date, come solo or with friends, and enjoy music, dancing, refreshments, a selfie station, and more!”
The prom, which was to be held at the Willowbranch Library, was geared toward 14 to 18-year-olds.
Drag queen BeBe Deluxe (Beatrice Palmer) was to have also appeared at the event, but without performing.
However, organizations such as Biblical Concepts Ministries raised concerns over the activity and called upon others to contact the library, mayor and city council to make their views known.
“We need to look into an ordinance that would bar programs inappropriate for children in our public facilities and taxpayer-funded facilities,” founder Raymond Johnson told local television station WJXT-TV.
He also outlined in an email to subscribers that he had spoken to three conservative members of city council, who agreed
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