“Drag Queen Storytime” is a monthly event held at a library in Houston, Texas in which dolled up drag queens read to children and their parents. The event features local Houston drag performers reading children’s books, often written by local authors.
Sounds pretty cool, right? Apparently not if you’re right-wing radio host James Greene Sr. who was thrown out of a Houston Public Library location on Saturday after showing up armed just before the public story time event.
This Trump supporter showed up to a public library in Houston wth a gun because there was a drag queen reading stories to families. He started harassing employees and police.— Caelan Conrad 🌺 (@CaelanConrad) January 31, 2019
He had previously been banned from the library for filming children. His name is James Green Sr. pic.twitter.com/QktAyGP07i
According to OutSmart Magazine Greene was escorted off the premises by police because he had previously been banned from the library for “filming children.”
“A manager asked us for assistance because [Greene] was banned from the library, and would not leave when he was asked,” Silva says. “He was previously banned for filming children at the library, and has been known to cause disturbances. Several officers had to escort him out.”
The site goes on to say that Greene was carrying a concealed weapon at the time and was disarmed by police who also handcuffed him when he refused to cooperate.
Greene was handcuffed, and his concealed weapon was collected in a parking lot outside of the library after he refused to cooperate with police. The man then complained of chest pains after he was put in a police vehicle.
There is video of Greene arguing with police as they lead him outside about his right to be at the library. After he is led outside he says to police: “You know what I’m trying to demonstrate to the people…to the citizens…is the fact that e have a bunch of homosexuals who are molesting children and they’re doing it with your help.”
This is him arguing with the police. Something he was able to do and get away with because he's white as sin. pic.twitter.com/2SIGiG5dTf— Caelan Conrad 🌺 (@CaelanConrad) January 31, 2019
There is no indication that Greene was planning any violence but he seems to be a well-known quantity at the Houston library and, considering both his previous ban and his homophobic, conspiracy-mongering statements to police, it seems likely he was there to intimidate and harass.
On Twitter a performer named Regina Blake-Dubois identified herself as the drag queen who was reading that day and discussed the incident.
This was me. A man with a gun tried to get where I was, in a room full of children & parents, just trying to have a fun Saturday afternoon.— Regina Blake-DuBois (@ReginaBDuBois) February 1, 2019
I will never forget this monster's face. https://t.co/P1Xs425RmH
Greene was handcuffed after refusing to leave, and his weapon was taken. He started complaining about chest pains, so the cops called an ambulance and released him into their custody. The district attorney declined to file criminal charges against Green (of course).— Caelan Conrad 🌺 (@CaelanConrad) January 31, 2019
Greene later posted on Facebook that he was discriminated against in the incident for bing a “white Christian.”
Lol OK pic.twitter.com/WfYtRvKlzb— Caelan Conrad 🌺 (@CaelanConrad) February 1, 2019
He also called the librarian a “satanist” and said he was ejected from the library “for exposing the evil they do there.”
A— Caelan Conrad 🌺 (@CaelanConrad) February 1, 2019
CHRISTIANS ARE FUCKING HILARIOUS. pic.twitter.com/C3Jlcs6B90
According to Regina Blake-DuBois, the drag queen who was reading at the event, Greene’s attempts at intimidation fell flat.
I was the queen reading on that particular day, and while his intention might have been to ruin the day for everyone involved, it completely failed.— Regina Blake-DuBois (@ReginaBDuBois) February 1, 2019
Library management & HPD kept him away from the kids, & we had no knowledge it even happened until we were done.
She added a note about the books she read that day.
2 books based on Alice in Wonderland (as that was the theme) and then a book sponsored by the Houston Grand Opera about an armadillo who dreams of singing. It was SUCH a fun time!— Regina Blake-DuBois (@ReginaBDuBois) February 1, 2019
Me, the author, & the armadillo!! pic.twitter.com/BXvgezOYYq— Regina Blake-DuBois (@ReginaBDuBois) February 1, 2019
Responding to a supporter Blake-DuBois said the attempt at intimidation would not deter her from reading to kids in the future.
Absolutely not!! It makes me want to do it MORE, to show that what we're doing is not only fun & positive, but it's not at ALL the nasty horrible things he said it was.— Regina Blake-DuBois (@ReginaBDuBois) February 1, 2019
At the end of the day an attempt at MAGA ugliness was thwarted.
Call it a win for the good guys.
Seems to be going well so far pic.twitter.com/cSqff2PVT6— Jess Dweck (@TheDweck) February 1, 2019
h/t: OutSmart Magazine