Readers: Don’t drag the kids into your bigotry!

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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.

Readers shared their thoughts online:

A choice? Nobody who looks through the pictures in this article could come away thinking that gay is a choice. If you could choose to be gay, everyone would opt to look as gorgeous as Angel Elektra and no one would look like those bigots.

Mike from Williamsburg

Of course there’s an idiot with a red MAGA hat, classic.

Henry Ford from Bay Ridge

Great piece! I drove to attend the counter-protest from Park Slope. I am 51 years old, straight, I have 4 kids.... and was completely unnerved that the bigots would hold there protest on the 75th anniversary of D-Day, a day when thousands of men died for our freedom. Don’t like the story hour? Don’t go! Leave those who attend to do so in peace.

Susan from Park Slope

FYI, nobody is forcing anyone to attend that event. If you don’t want your children to go to reading done by a drag queen, then simply don’t. However, this doesn’t mean that you have to deny others from going to that. For the record, there are plenty of events that I don’t like, but you don’t see me trying to get any of them cancelled or even denying others from going to them. Sometimes, those haters have to understand that respect is a two way street that go either way. Personally, I don’t see any harm with a drag queen doing a reading at a library and sometimes it could have been because he was picked to do so hence no involvement with the LGBTQ movement.

Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville


New York City may be the safest big city in the America, according to the mayor and police commissioner — but it is not immune from the troubling wave of anti-Semitism across the country.

As anti-Semitic hate crimes remain on the rise, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the launch of the Office of the Prevention of Hate Crimes to put a cap on the number of attack and ultimately uphold the city’s new status as the safest big city in America.

Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said the highest number of incidents were in precincts outside of Queens, but the “World’s Borough” has had its share of hate crimes in recent months.

“We definitely see some precincts spiking and taking a disproportionate share of those crimes [such as the 71st Precinct and 94th Precinct] in Brooklyn. We also see it on the Upper East Side in the 19th Precinct,” Shea said. “So, there are hotspots, if you will, where we see a disproportionate share but that’s not to say that it’s confined solely to that. We see small instances spread throughout the city.”

Readers were divided online:

My guess continues to be, that anti-Semitism is mostly originating from where it came from 40 or 50-years ago — at home. Parents are continually badmouthing Jews, as money-misers, Christ-killers, slumlords, etc. Children hear this and act upon it. Especially as teenagers, or young adults. Unlike others places, there is little evidence of anti-Jewish acts by Muslims, here in NYC. Or anti-Semitism by the hard left-wing. This includes, anti-Zionism. As for a connection to the Donald Trump presidency, it’s frustrating to try to prove. He’s a bit like the ten or twelve-year old, who influences others to seriously misbehave. Yet, nobody could pin-down him for the same BAD behavior. Whatever, he’s definitely NOT without any guilt.SCR

from Realityville

Observant Jews know who our friends are. Just look at the voting maps from 2016 if you need proof. Leftists and Muslim extremists are our enemies in 2019 and we will destroy them from a position of strength.Chaim from Midwood

In France, the anti-Semitism is coming from the Muslim Immigrants, not from the ethnic French. In NY, It seems to be the brown and black kids who blame the Jews for gentrifying their neighborhoods. Blame the politicians and media for stirring the pot. The leftists want to lie and blame it on Trump and white supremacy but that is simply another bit of fake news by the lying, fascist DemonRats.LaQwerty Jones

from Gowanus

The problem is immigration from countries where anti-Semitism is rifeFelicio

Show me a tolerant muslim country where freedom is allowed including being openly gay.Keko

Postal apocalypse!

To the Editor,

Kudos to reader Ed Greenspan for calling attention to the often sorry state of our postal service. Several times a week my mail arrives in the later afternoon, or early evening. That would be fine if all I ever received was junk mail, but when there’s a bill to pay, or a doctor’s report, or an urgent notice from my health insurance company, that’s another matter entirely. Some things have to be dealt with immediately, but how can they be if the mail is frequently delivered after business hours?

And what about this; the other day a woman came to my door with a piece of mail addressed to my wife. It was a check, and this woman (who did not live nearby) had received it by mistake!

An acquaintance of mine, a retired letter carrier, explained to me recently that postal workers have so much to do every day that tardy deliveries are unavoidable, and that, now and then, the incorrectly delivered letter, or package can be expected as well. I understand that, I really do. But service is only getting worse.

Can’t something be done to improve it?Stuart R. Brynien

Sheepshead Bay

Transit issues

To the Editor,

Critics of the shoddy bus service in Manhattan ought to look at the surface transit problems plaguing another part of the city: Southern Brooklyn.

I have spent many an hour waiting for the 3, which links the Sheepshead Bay/Marine Park area to Bensonhurst and beyond, on Avenue U; the 36, which originates on Nostrand Avenue and travels all the way to COney Island; and the 44, also on Nostrand Avenue, which heads deep into the heart of the borough.

The schedule information posted at each stop often means nothing, and even the real-time app on my phone isn’t always accurate.

And, of course, the later the hour, the sketchier the service. After midnight, the 44 runs no more than twice an hour, if that.

The most egregious example of horrifically bad service that I can recal is one night, perhaps at 8 or 8:30 p.m.m across from the N train stop on Avenue U, I waited a full two-and-a-half hours for a 3 bus. Seven buses — I counted them — crawled by in the opposite direction, before one came rumbling along. Granted, it was a cold and icy night, only a few days after a snowstorm, but still — two-and-a-half hours?

And how to explain the wrongheaded decision to divide the 44 route into “select” and “local” service? Sure, the select bus will get me to my destination faster — though not always much faster — but that’s only because it makes fewer stops, and the bus stop nearest to me isn’t one of them. To catch that select bus, I have to bypass the stop that is practically right on my cirner and walk to the next one, cane and all, a couple of blocks away.

And — as if that’s not enough — some buses are operated by inconsiderate drivers who see me flagging them down after they;ve pulled into a stop, completely ignore me, and head back into traffic.

Come to Brooklyn, all you city-dwellers, and see what disgracefully bad bus serbice is really like. You may never complain agin.

Stuart R. Brynien

Sheepshead Bay

Posted 12:00 am, June 16, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Jim from Cobble Hill says:
Regarding the postal issue, I have had a burning question for some time now: Exactly WHO are the postal carriers on the phone with? Have you ever seen one that's not talking on their cellphone? Who are they calling so much like all the time?
June 16, 2019, 6:45 am
Local from Here says:
Love this Quote: Of course there’s an idiot with a red MAGA hat, classic. Henry Ford from Bay Ridge
June 16, 2019, 7:13 am
Pootrice Royale from The Ghetto says:
I think it’s never too young to introduce kids to sexuality. It’s the library’s job to bring sexuality into the nursery, duh!
June 16, 2019, 7:32 am
Local from Here says:
June 16, 2019, 9 am
Local from Here says:
In the sicko world of the radical left, freedom is giving pedophiles access to your children, but owning a car is a crime against humanity.
June 16, 2019, 10 am
Mike from Williamsburg says:
I'm surprised I missed Tal Barzalai making a reasonable comment and I am surprised the Brooklyn Paper elevates commenters who use obviously racist pseudonyms to this Perspectives place.
June 16, 2019, 10:19 am
Local from Here says:
FIFY: In the sicko world of the radical right, freedom is giving corporations tax credits, but a woman wanting to make her own choices regarding HER body is a crime against humanity.
June 16, 2019, 10:53 am
The Hunkster from Bed-Stuy says:
Every transit desert places like in Southern Brooklyn are deserving a much needed bus revamp soon enough for better and bus service for thousands of bus riders.
June 16, 2019, 11:24 am
Troy says:
They are doing the drag queen library readings across America. Obviously a psyop to pollute the youth with propaganda. Even those of you who think it is alright should question any kind of brainwashing technique on the youth. Let the youth have their time of innocence. There is plenty of time to corrupt them through Hollywood movies, media and public schools. Enough already.
June 16, 2019, 7:26 pm
Local from Here says:
????Clutch those pearls, Troy toy????
June 16, 2019, 7:46 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Men who dress as women in the manner described above are "adult" entertainers. They have no business entertaining children. These men organize these events to promote themselves, not give back to the community.
June 16, 2019, 9:30 pm
Local from Here says:
????Clutch those pearls, Troy????
June 17, 2019, 6:59 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Men who dress as women in the manner described above are people just like you and I. End of story. If you are against them and what they do, shut your mouth and let them live. They are causing harm to no one.
June 17, 2019, 7:25 am
Miss Vagina says:
Firstly, the name “drag queen” is out of touch and anachronistic. We’re called transclothers or more accurately wearing the clothes were born as. People are arbitrarily assigned clothes at birth based on their genitals and genetic make-up. The truth is that there’s a deeper, unmeasurable but more true set of clothes that match people. When we finally realize the clothes we were born as, nothing is right until we are matched with them.
June 17, 2019, 8:15 am
Whitney from East Flatbush says:
Of course, in Trump’s America this is what we get - drag queens at the library! Is this his conservative mega agenda at work?? Damn !!
June 17, 2019, 10:01 am
Bob says:
This is an orchestrated attempt to further erode and break up the traditional family. Anyone who can't see this is biased.
June 17, 2019, 11:04 am
Local from Here says:
Anyone who sees this as an orchestrated attempt to further erode and break up the traditional family is a pearl clutching, homophobic, biased, bigot.
June 17, 2019, 11:48 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Men who dress as women in the manner described above are people just like you and I, but they need help. End of story. Normalizing their culture of risky behavior causes harm to themselves and those they seek to influence.
June 17, 2019, 11:50 am
Local from Here says:
Men who care how other men dress need serious help. End of story. Criminalizing their culture of happy behavior causes harm to nobody and they only want to live their lives, not influence anyone.
June 17, 2019, 12:03 pm
Local from Here says:
Conservatives always want to control other peoples choices. Especially women, the LGBT community, and any religion different than theirs. Freedom is "live and let live", not live under our nazi policies.
June 17, 2019, 12:05 pm
Tonawanda Guggenheim from Brevoort Houses says:
Mike from Williamsburg your name suggests White privilege, probably a hipster transplant from Osh Kosh
June 17, 2019, 1:38 pm
Local from Here says:
June 17, 2019, 1:45 pm
James Maggio from Marine Park says:
On all sides, this story is all about the politics. I doubt any of the participants give a damn about the children's education or welfare. What are are priorities? What do we really care about? Our political leaders and the media don't help one iota.
June 17, 2019, 4:20 pm
Mai Dai from Homecrest says:
" Pride comes before the Fall" Pride is one of the 7 deadly sins. I value Privacy more than Pride. Pride is way over rated.
June 17, 2019, 5:58 pm
Local from Here says:
Mai Dai from Homecrest, No you don't you liar. If you did value privacy, you wouldn't have opened your fool mouth.
June 17, 2019, 6:38 pm
Bob says:
Keep the freaks away from the youth.
June 17, 2019, 6:53 pm
JaBooty Jackson-Lee from Brand New Lots says:
The Pride fun and love fest is all a front. Most of these people are heavily medicated, prescription and non. They will crash when it’s all over, back to their ——y self-centered selves.
June 17, 2019, 6:55 pm
Local from Here says:
I agree Bob, stay away from the kids, you freak! JaBooty Jackson-Lee sounds like their parents are brother & sister.
June 17, 2019, 7:16 pm
Local from Actually from here says:
Liberals are either aborting their kids or leaving them to the mercy of pedophiles while they are too busy scolding others over their lack of tolerance to see the wreckage. They have no moral authority to tell anyone how to raise well rounded children.
June 17, 2019, 8:52 pm
Local from Actually from here says:
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June 17, 2019, 10:33 pm
June 17, 2019, 11:43 pm
Garry says:
To all the haters - shut up! You are bigots! This event isn’t just for children, it’s for the whole community in all it’s beautiful diversity. We come for the stories, and to see the hot drag queens tease us (sometimes to completion). Last week I saw Miss Felatia Buhttlicks reading the classic novel : What’s in my Pocket. Let me tell you, it was certainly a pop-up book! Pop pop up! Come and see it. Have an open mind. You will not leave unsatisfied!
June 18, 2019, 3:59 am
Florece Whipmann from Fort Green says:
These are really the d-list drag queens. Not very talented.
June 18, 2019, 11:56 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Seriously, I'm getting annoyed by those who want to boycott a library reading just because it was being hosted by a drag queen, plus nobody is saying that they even have to attend it, but that doesn't mean that they have the right to stop others from going there.
June 22, 2019, 6:27 pm
Benny from Park Slope says:
Re: The sad little commissars who are up on their hind legs because drag queens are reading at a library. How pathetic do you have to be to feel threatened by people having harmless fun? If Jesus was around today, he'd be hanging out with the drag queens, junkies, and refugees, not with the self-righteous eejits who go to church once a week and think they're holy.
June 26, 2019, 7:51 am

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