ATLANTA — The mayor of Atlanta, Georgia recently hosted a Drag Queen Story Hour at City Hall.
“We want to thank our friends at the @ATLHawks, @AtlantaFalcons, @WholeFoods, @GABeverage and @atlantapride for partnering with us for Drag Queen Story Hour,” the City of Atlanta’s Department of LGBTQ Affairs posted to social media on July 1.
According to a graphic shared with the post, the event was hosted by Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and featured a drag queen who goes by the name Miss Terra Cotta Sugarbaker.
Lance Bottoms invited Sugarbaker, who is really Steven Igarashi-Ball, 40, in early April after an Alpharetta library branch pulled its support for an event to be held there.
“Miss Terra Cotta Sugarbaker and all of our LGBTQ friends are always welcome at Atlanta City Hall.” she tweeted. “How about we host your next story hour? @CityofAtlanta — let’s make it happen!”
The event was held at the Alpharetta library after all, but informally.
“I can’t think of anything better to do to raise the next generation of young people,” Igarashi-Ball told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution at that time.
He expressed displeasure that he had not been given a reason for the library’s initial cancellation, stating, “By not being provided an answer, it feels like discrimination and it feels like people are afraid of the event, which feels like homophobia.” Alpharetta Mayor Pro-Tem Donald Mitchell attended the event to demonstrate city support, NPR reports.
However, some residents expressed objection to Lance Bottoms offer for Igarashi-Ball to read to children at city hall. Igarashi-Ball describes his drag persona as a “modern Southern belle … [with] big hair, and … an aged-out pageant queen.”
“I usually have your back, mayor, but there’s no way I can get behind this mess. Kids have enough to be confused about without you adding this to their plate. #doingtoomuch,” one commenter wrote.
“I do not know which is worse: that a city office would host the mentally ill or that parents would subject their children to a man in a dress while pretending that it is a ‘brave thing,'” another wrote.
“Why keep promoting homosexuality when it goes against the morals of God? What is this world coming to?” a third asked.
But the show went on, being billed as an “all-ages event” to “celebrate diversity” and to “teach acceptance” to children. Video footage of the event shows a number of children gathered around Igarashi-Ball as he read a story. Face painting and snacks were also offered to those in attendance.
Lance Bottoms stood by her decision to host the event, telling Fox 5, “When you see what’s happening and how our domestic policies are under attack in this country, I think it’s more important than ever that the City of Atlanta very publicly show that we are a welcoming and diverse city.”
As previously reported, the Bible teaches that all men are in the exact same predicament: All are born with the Adamic sin nature, having various inherent inclinations that are contrary to the law of God and being utterly incapable of changing by themselves. It is why Jesus came to “save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21).
Jesus outlined in John 3:5-7 that men must be regenerated by the second birth, and be transformed from being in Adam to being in Christ, or they cannot see the kingdom of Heaven.
“Jesus answered and said unto him, ‘Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.’ Nicodemus saith unto him, ‘How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?’
Jesus answered, ‘Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, ‘Ye must be born again.’”
Ephesians 2:1-3 reads, “And you hath He quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins, wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience — among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.”