First ‘Drag Queen Story Hour’ To Be Held At Atlanta City Hall This Weekend
Miss Terra Cotta Sugarbaker — the drag persona of 40-year-old Buford native Steven Igarashi-Ball — will be hosting “Drag Queen Story Hour” at Atlanta City Hall.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms will be hosting the event. This event came after the county library system pulled its support for a “Drag Queen Story Hour” reading event at an Alpharetta branch.
Mayor Bottoms invited Miss Sugarbaker via Twitter:
Miss Terra Cotta Sugarbaker and all of our LGBTQ friends are always welcome at Atlanta City Hall. How about we host your next story hour? @CityofAtlanta—let’s make it happen! #OneAtlanta 🌈 https://t.co/gj3eUIRZSC
— Keisha Lance Bottoms (@KeishaBottoms) April 5, 2019
The event was eventually put back on the calendar, but Miss Sugarbaker was met with some hostility once arriving to the library.
Regardless, the reading still had a sold-out show and Alpharetta Mayor Pro-Tem Donald Mitchell attended the event to show his support.
“That’s the beauty of public spaces, like a library. They should offer something for everyone, and they should be a safe space for everyone,” Igarashi-Ball said.
Igarashi-Ball has been a part of these library readings for the last two years. He reads mostly at charity events and public libraries around the Atlanta area.
Miss Sugarbaker will be reading several children’s books at the “Drag Queen Story Hour” at 10 a.m. Saturday at Atlanta’s City Hall.
Clarification: The event will take place at Atlanta City Hall. An earlier headline has since been corrected.