An Ohio public library canceled an LGBT Pride week event after it sparked outrage from the Republican speaker of the state House.
Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder sent a letter to the Ohio Library Council on Friday demanding that the Licking County Library in Newark stop a planned Pride week event. The event, aimed at teens, featured a tutorial on applying makeup for dressing in drag and a guide to safe sex, according to the Newark Advocate.
"When I was first informed our public libraries were being used to teach teenage boys how to become drag queens, I thought it was a joke," Householder said. "But the joke is apparently on the taxpayers, who fund our libraries. This is a stunningly bizarre breach of the public trust. And it must stop."
"Let me be crystal clear: This isn't about banning books or banning thought or any other red herring argument. This is about right and wrong. This is ...