Rotorua Officials Disagree on Library’s LGBTQ Story Event

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03/18/2024

The Rotorua councillors clash over library Rainbow Storytime event has sparked a significant debate within the community. The event, designed to be a family-friendly session promoting values such as acceptance and kindness, has been met with both support and opposition. Drag queen entertainers Sunita Torrance and Daniel Lockett are set to host the event, which includes activities like reading and singing. However, some councillors and community members have questioned its appropriateness for children, leading to a heated discussion. Amidst the Rotorua councillors clash over library Rainbow Storytime event, questions about the extent of councillors’ influence over library programming have arisen. While some argue for direct intervention to prevent the event, others, including Rotorua mayor Tania Tapsell, insist that freedom of expression should not be curtailed. The library has maintained that the event is harmless and falls within its mandate to provide diverse and educational content to the community.

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