1. New York and Brooklyn from Michael_Novakhov (111 sites): Brooklyn Paper: Full articles: Protesters express outrage over Drag Queen Story Hour at Gerritsen Beach library

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By Aidan Graham

Brooklyn Paper

Protesters gathered in Gerritsen Beach on June 6 to express outrage over the appearance of a drag queen at a reading event for children, which they said would be detrimental to the welfare of minors.

“I was rather appalled by it simply because I really feel that it is not just a diversity issue but a morality issue,” said James Bickle. “It’s especially bad because it’s an indoctrination of little children.”

The event, which hosted Angel Elektra at the Gerritsen Beach library, was part of a citywide series to connect members of the LGBTQ community with New York City youth.

“Drag Queen Story Hour captures the imagination and play of the gender fluidity in childhood and gives kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models,” read the event’s promotional material.

Bickle, who has lived in Sheepshead Bay for 23 years, said he wanted to discourage parents from bringing their children to the event.

“Parents should at least be confronted with the truth. They don’t know what they’re doing to these little kids,” he said. “It’s preventing them. It’s unnatural.”

Bickle, who repeatedly made clear that he would have no problem with an African-American story teller, said a queer narrator was simply a step too far.

“I would also have a problem if it were a gay person. And it’s not that I hate gay people. I actually have compassion for them, and I want to help them out this lifestyle,” he said. “I think its a choice.”

Counter-protesters also gathered outside the library, setting up a clash between the two factions.

One drag queen, who came out to support the event, said the protesters were less than unwilling to engage in a proper dialogue.

“The protesters were very difficult to reason with on any level,” said Barry D’Ellive “The self-appointed head of the group had a megaphone, and just put on a siren whenever he didn’t want to talk.”

For his part, the megaphone-wielding man claimed the drag queen supporters simply lacked open-mindedness.

“They were very vulgar, and they were nasty. They showed me very little tolerance, and very little love,” said the man who asked only to be identified as Tag.

Tag, an 11-year resident of Sheepshead Bay, took issue with the library’s tax-payer funding.

“At best, it’s irresponsible. At worst, it’s state-sponsored child abuse,” he said.

D’Ellive said the storytime event was perfect for combating the mindset of people like Tag’s.

“Drag queens have been almost inextricably linked to promiscuity and sexual misconduct, and something as mundane as storytime is going to help diminish that stigma,” said D’Ellive.

Through the commotion, NYPD officers cordoned off the entryway to the library, where the event went off as planned.

Reach reporter Aidan Graham at agraham@schnepsmedia.com or by calling (718) 260–4577. Follow him at twitter.com/aidangraham95.

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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is reversing course and declaring he no longer supports a longstanding congressional ban on using federal money to pay for abortions.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo, whose late father’s name was scrawled alongside an anti-Semitic message left by a vandal on a Bay Ridge mailbox on Wednesday, said he will put the resources of the New York State Police on the case.

The vandal wrote the words “Kill All Jews” on the portion of the front of the mailbox listing the pickup schedule. Next to the anti-Semitic message was a drawing that appeared to a haphazard attempt at a swastika. There were two other messages — one that read “Israel Now” and another bearing the name of the former New York governor, Mario Cuomo.

This is the second time in a week in which Cuomo has ordered the state’s Hate Crime Unit to get involved in a Brooklyn incident. On May 30, the words “Hitler is coming” were found scrawled across an interactive display outside the Brooklyn Jewish Children’s Museum. That day, the governor said he had directed the New York State Police Hate Crimes Unit to assist the NYPD in the investigation into the incident and to provide all resources necessary to hold the vandal accountable.

In February, he did the same thing after an incident in Queens.

After the Bay Ridge mailbox incident on Wednesday, he issued the same call.

“I am disgusted to learn of yet another disturbing incident of anti-Semitism in our state, this time with the words ‘Kill All Jews,’ ‘Israel’ and ‘Mario Cuomo’ written on a mailbox in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Hate speech and threatening language has no place in our state, and the mailbox was immediately replaced with a new one after the graffiti was reported,” Cuomo said in a statement on Thursday.

“Enough is enough. We are reaching our breaking point and these despicable acts of violence must stop.”

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