Responses on Twitter denounced the event, with one librarian calling it “absolutely appalling.”
In the city that is home to Iowa State University, the public library offered music and dance drag performances by amateurs and professionals. Adults and children were in the audience on April 6 to watch gyrations, lip-synching, and exotic costumes during an evening that included “all-ages” performances that were followed by a “teens only” show featuring “sparkles, costumes, free snacks, and mingling!” According to local reports, more than 240 people attended the fourth such event organized by the library.
Children in the audience were seen handing money to the performers, in much the same way that strippers and other such performers are rewarded. Librarian Tanvi Rastogi posted on Instagram her photos of the event. On Instagram, one person commented, “These photos are amazing, they capture just how awesome the show was.” In September, during the Ames gay pride festival, similar drag performers accepted cash on stage from kids in the audience. More at Source.