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The Houston Public Library has canceled a controversial reading program after a man who was charged with sexually assaulting a child was allowed to read to children last year.

Drag Queen Story Time was launched in Houston by Trent Lira and Devin Will in 2017. The program featured popular local drag queens and kings who read to children as young as 2 years old.
 
READ ALSO: Houston library apologizes to parents for allowing sex offender to read to children at Drag Queen Story Time
 
The Freed-Montrose Library staff acknowledged they did not conduct a background check on Albert Alfonso Garza, 32, who was among the drag queens and kings reading to children during a Drag Queen Story Time event in September 2018.

Garza's criminal history came to light after ABC13 Eyewitness News learned that Garza was charged with child sex assault in 2008.

According to records obtained by ABC13, Garza's victim was an 8-year-old boy.

In a letter published on Tuesday, Lira and Will said they were "shocked and disappointed" when they discovered that one of the drag queen volunteers was a convicted sex offender.

"We had insisted and insisted that what we were doing was safe for children, and yet here was a performer who had been charged with sexual assault of a minor," they wrote in the letter.

Lira and Will said they were unaware of Garza's criminal background, but that it would have come to light if the library had followed its own policy of conducting background checks on all participants.

When Lira and Will spoke with Garza in October, he confirmed he had been convicted in 2009.

"It was devastating," they wrote.

They added that, since October, everyone who has participated in the program - including themselves - have undergone background checks that came back clean.

The Houston Public Library continued its support of the program. But after the public backlash over Garza's participation, the library staff decided it was best to end the program in the foreseeable future.

Lira and Will said the program was designed to teach children to be tolerant of others.

"People are being threatened. People are being hurt," they said.

"We believe in what we're doing, but we don't believe in putting our friends, our families, or our children in danger," they concluded.
 

  • SpiceGirl

    Rut row!!

  • OvertheMississippi

    This shi1t has to stop!! Why would parents even consent to such?

  • MsSapphire9800

    IT"S THURSDAY...Turkey Wings night with steamed cabbage and potato salad.....Who didn't see this coming...a known sex offender reading to children and the library thought it would be fine. Those sponsors said ...hell no!!!

  • Guest©

    It should be evident to all that the LGBTQ... are not simply seeking equal rights, they are really attempting to indoctrinate the next generation. Every time (except on this platform) when I expressed my belief that the LGBTQ.. has an agenda, I was attacked. Now it's in plain sight. Please protect the children around you!!

  • tia

    Not too long ago, our local news reported on this issue. I respect these particular individuals. Nevertheless, I don't need you reading to my kids. This just discombobulates the kids 'lil mind. For what tho?
    Do what you do, but don't involve the kids. Society is doing waay too much and at this point it's just a travesty.

  • Phillybruh

    Seems like the library is doing what it should and the programs creators agree with the decision , not sure there is anything more too see here.

  • Louisville Is4TheBirds

    Nah bruh. Couple of people need to be fired because of the concept in the 1st place!

  • Blaque Mahogany

    The program featured popular local drag queens and kings who read to children as young as 2 years old.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Wtf!?

  • Jay

    I want to know who idea was it to even have drag queens at a elementary school in the first place.

  • Seldomseen

    What is a drag king?

  • Yardgirl

    This was a big scandal in Boston back in 2017 so I was shocked to see that other states had adopted this shat. One word though "why?"!!!! Da hell!!

  • WinterIsComing

    Completely irresponsible to have a pedophile right under their noses when a simple background check could’ve solved the issue. Not sure of the purpose of “Drag Queen Storytime” my guess is to desensitize children to Drag Queens. Bottom line if you don’t want your children exposed to the drag ifestyle then don’t bring them to those types of events. To each his own just keep the kids safe.

  • WinterIsComing

    A woman that dresses like a man

  • the guest

    WHY drag queen storytime?

    Why not just storytime and have different guests whoever they may be and who are properly screened and background checked read to the children? “Drag Queen” is an adult concept.

  • WinterIsComing

    It was at a public library

  • the guest

    Key word: Indoctrination

  • MsPam

    The parents of the child need to sue the city of Houston.

  • Seldomseen

    Thanks

  • WinterIsComing

    Idk. My little cousin was about 4 when we found him wearing his sister’s dress AND pearls sitting in front of the tv eating a bowl of cereal. He said he dressed that way bc that’s how Madea dressed ?????

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    how IN THE WORLD DID THEY NOT FINGERPRINT EVERYONE?
    (EXCUSE THE CAPS)

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    OT... I see Ciff Dixon (Erica Mena's ex) got shot and killed last night outside a club here in Atlanta, celebrating his birthday. People forget how dangerous these clubs can be. You're better off celebrating at home with a few close friends.

  • WinterIsComing

    Amen! Turn up with folks you know and trust.

  • hottlanta

    Can a straight person sue the show queer eye for the straight guy bcas all the stars r gay n the title says u have 2 b gay 2 b a star on the show. No straight people allowed according 2 the show title.

  • Meme

    Your whole description is funny! Lol

  • hottlanta

    Dr king mom n other people have gotten killed in church. So is going 2 church just as dangerous n should people worship at home with a few close friends

  • WinterIsComing

    It took everything in me not to laugh when my mom told me about it. She was pissed.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Looks like it was an attempted robbery too. Just senseless how these bums will take a man's life over some jewelry or whatever, that's probably not going to be worth much especially if a few of them have to split it.

  • WinterIsComing

    Good point. Folks are crazy and wreckless everywhere. However, some places are more likely to be places where violent acts take place than others statistically speaking.

  • WinterIsComing

    I see it everyday. These dummies throw their whole lives away robbing folks. They’re young too! Have a rap sheet the length of your body by the time they are 16. They get a slap on the wrist the first 12 times Then kill somebody on the 13th and get charged as an adult.

  • Phillybruh

    But the actual star of the show is the actual straight guy they help each week.

  • Greatgrape37

    Good

  • hottlanta

    Shit l dont want that big burly thang looking like he got hit by a makeup truck reading 2 me.

  • hottlanta

    Remember the shootout at the movies. Really. There r no safe places anymore. If they do it in school n church they do it everywhere.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Sad. That always strikes me as bad parenting whenever I see that. And I know that kids in good households can go astray at times and get in trouble with the law. But still, there's no way a kid raised in my house is getting arrested 5...10... 12 times.

  • WinterIsComing

    For sure but the likelihood of being shot at a church or a movie is drastically lower than being shot at a club with gutter clientele. Even at my job I think about places to hide and how I will push this cabinet over to barracade myself inside my office if one of these fools snap bc of the stress.

  • hottlanta

    Oh so my messy straight life gets straighten out by gay guys. The straight person is not in the regular cast member lineup getting a regular check like the gay people.

  • Phillybruh

    But he is in the title so not sure what your gripe is? If you don't want the gays fixing your life, Iyanla does it too. And the straight guy does get compensated for his appearance on the show.

  • Phillybruh

    The People reading to the children never interact with them beyond reading to them. What would the city of Houston be sued for in this case?

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Thank you. These Atlanta clubs are known to be a magnet for robbers & carjackers anyway. This dude was into the club scene, so he knew.
    Its not even comparable to the chances of getting robbed going to church.

  • WinterIsComing

    I completely agree. Unless you birthed a psychopath. Then the mama, grandma and nem show up in the courtroom crying and cussing out the judge after a lengthy sentence is given.

  • WinterIsComing

    Exactly. Clubs are where certain folks flaunt their “wealth”. Robbers know this. Folks be on edge already and Throw alcohol into the mix and watch out. I still go out sometimes but a bish is always on HIGH alert.

  • hottlanta

    Naw folks found all kinds of fault with the slogan black lives matter black girls rock talking bout it was rascist etc etc. The title queer eye sends the same message as no straight person allowed as a star on the show n yet no one says nothing. But when we label our own stuff folks get made.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    You Rang ????

  • WinterIsComing

    ??????

  • Phillybruh

    Your reaching when the title of the show is queer eye for the straight guy....lol

  • Phillybruh

    lol

  • hottlanta

    U dont think church folks flaunt their wealth with their désigner clothes minks big hats n big cars turning it into a show.

  • NeverSurprised

    Not even REMOTELY comparable from a statistical standpoint.

  • WinterIsComing

    For sure. That’s where the term Sunday’s Best comes from. However, the likelihood of being shot or robbed or a victim of an act of violence in church is exponentially smaller than the same thing happening at a club. You know this.

  • hottlanta

    No l am not. Why does it has 2 specify the word queer when we say we r straight the lgtbqtzyz community says we cant use that word we r cisgender but they got no problem using the word queer.

  • Itzgoingdown2

    Ex LGBTQ Leader details their plan to takeover schools.

    https://youtu.be/uQGA-n4JyOY

  • hottlanta

    Betta say it. There r no s safe zones.

  • Phillybruh

    Who says that...is the title of the show queer eye for the cisgendered? If it were than I could see the point your trying hard too make. Should rich girls be offended that they aren't in the title of 2 broke girls?

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  • Wreckognize Game

    Wow, that’s so sad

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Thats ALL they have a problem with??? Not the fact they have a drag queen reading to impressionable children every week?

    WTF is wrong with this world??? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8eb524c58a22966c38d1caa3c798a97ed0e5504b5a3b92d31a63d0f02963aef3.gif

  • Dowoop

    How exactly does this teach tolerance?

  • Seldomseen

    I go to a nice restaurant and a hole in the wall......

  • Phillybruh

    If parents volunteered for the program they wouldn't have to entertain the drag queen program.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    You on one today huh? Was it the free cone from Dairy Queen yesterday or traffic?

  • Dowoop

    Pbly... Anywhere there are crowds there are increased risk... I never said there is no risk at home... I said increased risk in crowds.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Guessing he wasnt inportant enough to make ANY of the news outlets..

  • hottlanta

    Dayum shame is when a black man is non threatening 2 white folks n they aint calling the cops on him for some phony bs is when he is wearing a dress n make up.

  • Dowoop

    YOU! So I loaded my 2 rugrats in the car and took them to DQ only for there to be a big ass sign saying "FREE CONES ARE ONLY IN THE US THANKS DAIRY QUEEN CANADA". I WAS FORCED TO BUY 2 BLIZZARDS. After I done lied and said I'm taking them for a treat at DQ, I couldn't leave without getting them anything.

  • WinterIsComing

    I see your point But I think a good way to separate individuals from their negative perceptions of minorities is to desensitize them. This is more likely to be done via the movie and tv industry. Same way blacks wanted blacks to be portrayed in a more positive light instead of reinforcing stereotypes of us being criminals and inhumane. The movie and tv industry shows the humanity of gay folks and makes them relatable. So there is a gay agenda just like there’s a black agenda-to have bigots see us a human beings and not abominations or animals.

  • WinterIsComing

    Lololol I was wondering how they turned out for you.

  • hottlanta

    They can call each other poor or rich but l cant say queer.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Awwwww MAN!!!!!! I called my nearest location before going just to make sure.. My bad my Canadian sista

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  • Rere

    I don't know why they would want Drag Queens to read to kids in the first place!??

  • Phillybruh

    I see your point, and I agree that both groups have an agenda.

  • Sassie

    They shouldn't have Drag Queens all up in there confusing those damn kids anyway. This world SUCKS.

  • Phillybruh

    You just said it...lol

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Yeah, I see a few of the smaller blogs and hip hop websites are carrying the story... but he definitely wasn't a "celebrity" so it probably wont show up on any of the major news outlets.

  • Youcan’tbanmesucka

    Dykesss and Phagggss sick in the head!!

  • Renee26

    Ok! People have an issue with tolerance... The patrons of the library wanted this program. These parents wanted to attend with their kids. In the end gay people exist and have families. This day and age people are bound to see a person dressed as the opposite sex at least once in their lifetime. Should their response be to gasp, stare and point in shock and disbelief?? NO

    It's up to parents to teach their children not to discriminate against people... How they choose to go about it is their prerogative.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Weird because they LOVE to report on murders in the A... These dirt bombs in Atlanta are some of the most heartless, dumbest, broke Fools I have EVER seen???

  • Renee26

    You're speaking of socialization...social conditioning and it's sometimes necessary IMO

  • Renee26

    ? ? ?

  • WinterIsComing

    That’s the term!

  • Fire & Ice

    I'm glad this bullsh*t backfired on them. Just leave children alone and stop trying to indoctrinate them.

  • Renee26

    Funny he was a former NBA player but all the headlines read Erica Mena's ex ?

  • Renee26

    Pedophilia isn't the drag lifestyle... Him being a sex offender was the issue not the event itself... The people wanted drag queens not sex offenders.

  • Renee26

    Click the video... The patrons wanted it

  • Renee26

    ?

  • Elevated Soul

    There are conversations that ONLY parents or guardians of children are responsible for telling their children. Gays and whatever else need to grasp that children should not be exposed to "grown up things or alternative lifestyles".

    I'm a 20 something and I can vividly remember my parents sending me out the room when they had to discuss "grown folks stuff"....Children need some degree of sheltering.

  • WinterIsComing

    For me the issue is pedophiles, however, other people also feel a way about having their children around drag queens so I decided to tackle both in my post.

  • Marlika

    It’s not the Drag Queens place to teach those children about their lifestyle. Those little kids only care if someone is reading to them not the person sexuality. I’m tired of the ???? community trying to shove their life style down everyone’s throat!!! ?

  • Missy

    My mom was unable to volunteer and never did a dq read to me.

  • Phillybruh

    I'm not sure what your point is. These parents took their kids to a library for story time. My point is, if parents took the time to volunteer for these things then they wouldn't have to bring in programs such as this to do it.

  • Ni Ni

    The staff needs to be let go.

  • Dowoop

    I'm glad they had the sign outside so i knew before I went in.

  • Sweetness

    ????????????????????????

  • Sweetness

    ???

  • Sweetness

    To make it normal for them. Start at a young, impressionable age to allow those minds to absorb it.

  • Fire & Ice

    My exact thoughts! Who are the parents that consented to this?!?

  • Rere

    Being a drag queen is not normal ?? let the PARENTS decide if they want their children introduced to this....speaking as a parent!

  • Guest©

    Yes, I saw her testimony some time ago. Thanks for sharing.

  • Babe Miller

    Keep yo eye on them and make plans to get them before they get YOU

  • Babe Miller

    Take a broom to these creatures

  • EMILY POST

    These people now a days?????. They have to be the worse parents

  • EMILY POST

    Tolerant or indoctrination of bedroom politics.... I would prefer my child not be tolerant if this what tolerance is...
    Normalizing abnormal behavior.

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    I don't even see what's the point of drag queens reading to children other then trying to desensitize kids. SMDH

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    When you can't reproduce u recruit ????

  • chris

    And we wonder how trump got elected...

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  • Cap

    drag queens are frightening. i’m a grown woman and i’d jump if i saw one in person. it’s an adult concept, it’s not appropriate for kids. i don’t know what kind of parent that would take their kid(s) to such.... it’s very inappropriate

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  • Sweetness

    I absolutely agree. I would probably wet myself if I saw something so unfamiliar to my psyche.

    No harm to anyone. But, I have never been to Disney/World/Land. And never had a desire as a kid to go.

    Why? Cuz those larger than life size cartoon characters are scary.

    I don't even like Chucky Cheese...no ma'am.

    So that's about the same as the..ahem...Trans Americans for me.

    Very shocking.

  • Sweetness

    I totally agree.

  • Cap

    chuck e. cheese is crazy. idk if it’s the one my niece had her 5th bday party in, but the rat didn’t look as friendly as it was supposed to. it had crazy eyes and looked rough. i don’t think that’s appropriate for kids at all but drag queens are next level because they wear heavy, drastic makeup and the outfits are overwhelming as well

  • Sweetness

    You're right. Some ain't right about that rat! I'm like Avant cuz everytime I see you I get a bad vibe.

    I think Disney, some drag Queen's (in disguise), and any larger than life cartoon for children are pedos. This is just another way for some people to live out their dark, sick, twisted fantasies.

    Chuck E. Cheese??where a kid can be a kid...my foot!

    Chuck E. Cheese??where parents can keep a close eye on you so that dirty suit wearing rat won't get any ideas because you don't know who's inside the costuuuuume??

  • Cap

    lmaooo!! your comment killed me

  • Sweetness

    Am I lying doe???

  • Cap

    absolutely not lmao

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