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Mon Feb 18, 2019, 06:00 PM

Hundreds hold competing protests at Greenville's Drag Queen Story Hour as deputies block media entry

There was a moment Sunday afternoon when crowds of people outside Drag Queen Story Hour at a local library loudly sang along together to Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA." Their voices carried across a designated neutral zone in a parking lot near the Five Forks community of Greenville County.

But they were gathered in opposition.

The two groups showed up under gray skies to protest and support an event that's been a source of controversy since it was announced in late January.

The story hour, organized by a group called Moms Liberal Happy Hour SC, included local drag queens reading popular stories to children at the Five Forks branch of the Greenville County Library System.

When trying to enter the library to cover the event for The Greenville News, a reporter was told no media would be allowed inside by Greenville County Sheriff's Office deputies who claimed to be enforcing library policy. Policy posted on the Greenville County Library website states a restriction on video recording inside the library but does not attempt to establish policy for barring media access to the public facility. The reporter made it clear that she did not have photography equipment with her while trying to enter.

Read more: https://www.greenvilleonline.com/story/news/2019/02/17/drag-queen-story-hour-draws-crowds-competing-protests/2899862002/

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