Parents left outraged over plans to invite a drag queen once described in a profile as a ‘girl with plenty of spunk’ to read to children as young as three at a library

  • Ruby Violet is set to read stories to children at Hitchin Library in Herfordshire  
  • The drag queen has been invited to run an event with children aged three to 11 
  • It has caused fury among some parents who have criticised the council online
  • However, the council say the event will still go ahead on March 21 and is sold out

Furious parents have criticised a council over plans to invite a drag queen into a library to read to young children.

Performer Ruby Violet has been lined up as part of a regular session of interactive events at Hitchin Library – which is run by Hertfordshire County Council – with the first set to take place on March 21 and include children between the ages of three and 11.

The popular drag queen has featured in QX Magazine and her online profile describes her as ‘a good time girl who loves a sing-song and a lot of fun along the way.

‘She’s been described as a girl with plenty of spunk.’

However, the plans have led to fury from outraged parents, who took to social media to share their anger.   

Despite the online rage, the event is still set to go ahead and tickets have already sold-out. 

Commenting on the event, one parent said: ‘I will be contacting the children’s safeguarding board about this event.

‘Adult entertainment and children don’t mix.’

Another commented: ‘Hitchin Library say this performer’s act for adults isn’t relevant to the Storytelling session – so which part of being a drag queen IS relevant to children?

‘The whole point of drag artists is their performance & their sexualised parody of femininity, isn’t it?’

An angry father added: ‘What on earth is an ”adult entertainer” doing with a bunch of kids. Have you taken leave of your senses?’ 

Ruby Violet burst onto the scene in 2018 and says that she has dressed up in her mother’s clothes from the age of five.

Her Facebook profile reads: ‘A lover of musicals, Ruby has performed around the world on cruise ships but has settled on land.

‘It was time she unleashed her true being to the world.’

Ruby Violet, who was nominated for the QX Cabaret Awards, performed a series of pre-shows before the screening of musicals Calamity Jane, Guys and Dolls and Cabaret at Chelmsford’s Cramphorn Studio in January.

Hitchin Library – which is run by the Hertfordshire County Council – said in an advert: ‘Hitchin Library is very excited to be hosting a Drag Queen Storytime with the fabulous Ruby Violet.

‘This is a wonderful family-friendly event which will see Ruby Violet share stories and songs of inclusivity, individuality and love.’ 

A council spokesman said: ‘Following the success of Drag Queen Storytimes in other library services nationally, Hertfordshire Library Service received numerous requests from families to run similar events.

‘Before booking this session, we did, of course, seek feedback from another library service that had hosted a similar event.

‘Feedback about Ruby Violet was very positive – the service confirmed that the performance was age-appropriate, well received by families and that they would be happy to work with her again.

‘This event is already proving very popular and tickets are now sold out.

‘All library events are voluntary, parents and carers choose to bring and accompany their child to storytime sessions. In this instance, they have booked in advance to attend and are abundantly clear about the format of the event.

‘The library service frequently welcomes outside speakers, performers or authors to host events at libraries across the county, there are clear policies and procedures in place to ensure that these events are safe and enjoyable for our customers.

‘In Hertfordshire, we pride ourselves on creating an environment which values equality, diversity and inclusivity, and we endeavour to demonstrate these values to our residents as we work in our local communities every day.

‘This includes in our libraries where we provide a wide range of cultural activities for people of all ages.’

It comes just days after Drag queen FlowJob was invited into Glencoats Primary in Paisley, Scotland to speak to pupils about the notorious Section 28 Act, which was later repealed.

The Act was introduced by Margaret Thatcher to ban the ‘promotion of homosexuality’ in schools.

The event was attended by Renfrewshire MSP Mhairi Black, a vocal activist for LGBTQ rights.

But after parents voiced concern that sexually explicit images were on FlowJob’s social media profile, Renfrewshire Council has said it would never have invited the performer had it been aware of the posts.

Drag queens were also sent to teach kids as young as two about ‘gender diversity’ at government funded sessions at London Early Years Foundation nurseries in 2017.

Children were taught specially-adapted songs by performers including Donna La Mode.

Among ditties suggested for the London sessions was a version of Wheels on the Bus, which goes: ‘The skirt on the drag queen goes swish, swish, swish.’

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