Storytelling school

Men disrupt drag queen storytelling at San Lorenzo Library by shouting homophobic slurs

SAN LORENZO — The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a group of five men who disrupted a drag queen storytelling event at the San Lorenzo Library on Saturday with homophobic and transphobic slurs.

The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office said the incident happened Saturday afternoon at the San Lorenzo Library located on Paseo Grande.

Alameda County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Ray Kelly said the group entered the library around 1:30 p.m., during an event called Drag Queen Story Time. Kyle Chu, also known as drag queen Panda Dulce, hosted a story hour for preschoolers to celebrate Pride Month.

“The men made homophobic and transphobic remarks against a member of the LGTBQ+ community who was hosting the event,” Kelly wrote in an email.

“There was no physical violence. Deputies responded to the disturbances and are following up to identify the group of men and their affiliation. They are believed to have been members of the Proud Boys organization.”

The Sheriff’s Department’s Facebook page says, “The men were described as extremely aggressive with threatening violent behavior causing people to fear for their safety. Deputies responded to the scene and were able to defuse the situation.”

The Drag Queen Story Hour website describes the program as “just what it sounds like – drag queens reading stories to children in libraries, schools and bookstores. DQSH captures the imagination and play of gender fluidity of childhood and gives kids glamour, positive, and unapologetically queer role models. In spaces like this, kids can see people who defy rigid gender restrictions and imagine a world where people can to present themselves as they wish, where to dress up is real.