‘The Activist Mommy’ scores a magnificent own goal in Florida

‘The Activist Mommy’ scores a magnificent own goal in Florida August 15, 2019
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WHEN ‘Activist Mommy‘ Elizabeth Johnston, above, got wind of the fact that a Drag Queen Story Hour was to be staged last weekend at the Community Cafe in St Peterburg, out came her foghorn.

From her base 1,000 miles away in Ohio, the Christian mother of ten used social media to call on her Christian “warriors” to protest the event and shut it down. But it all went horribly pear-shaped for her when a large crowd did turn out … to lend enthusiastic support to those who were staging the literacy programme aimed at young kids aged three to eight.

The dozen or so protesters who came to purse their lips, threaten hellfire and bellow the name of Jesus found themselves greatly outnumbered  by people who sang and danced to drown out the preaching of the Christian clowns.

Local organiser Kyiala Williams, whose drag persona is “Samaya Sinsation”, explained  that the programme, which has spread across the US, is about kids who not only love a fabulous costume, but can learn at a young age that it’s possible for people to be who they want.

Johnston doesn’t see it that way. She said she crusades against the story hours because they’re “very adult and sexual in nature” and include “confusing, gender-bending books” that can traumatise children. Online she draws a line between the events and “the homosexual agenda.”

Saturday was the first event since Johnston called on her more than 700,000 followers to flood the cafe and Mayor Rick Kriseman’s office with phone calls and emails. Those who did email Kriseman’s office all got the same response, according to city hall spokesman Ben Kirby:

The City of St. Petersburg is a City that prides itself on its diversity and inclusive practices. Hate has no home here. While we appreciate your correspondence and concern, we are proud of events like the Drag Queen Story Hour and those who participate because they showcase those qualities that make us stronger as a community, and we do not begrudge how people choose to spend their time.

Among those protesting the event was Dick Maxwell, 65, who turned up with a bullhorn with Jesus’s name on it. He insisted the event was a sin and a corruption of young children who couldn’t defend themselves.

When a guy dresses up and parades around and twerks and whatever else they do inside there, it is sexual expression in front of children. That simply can’t be denied.

While some drag performances for adults can be risque, there’s nothing inherently sexual about drag, Williams said, unless you find a gown, makeup and earrings sexual.

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  • epeeist

    When a guy dresses up and parades around and twerks and whatever else they do inside there, it is sexual expression in front of children. That simply can’t be denied.

    Strange, when I was younger and went to pantomimes with pantomime dames I certainly didn’t see it like that.

  • Tawreos

    Thank you to the city of St. Petersburg. I tip my wig at you fine folks for standing up for inclusion.

  • Freodin

    Men become instantly extremely attractive to other men as soon as they don a dress, wear lipstick and a wig. Absolutely irresistable. Everyone who has seen “Some like it hot” knows that.

  • guerillasurgeon

    Pick the ultimate, trashy worst picture of the woman you can find to put at the head of this article why don’t you? I thoroughly approve. Fuckity – what are they censoring now?

  • Wisdom, Justice, Love

    They aren’t concerned about kids “becoming” gay. They are most afraid that intolerant positions towards the LGBTQ community will be publicly unacceptable. Think “No Colored Faces On Color TV”. Quite acceptable in the 50s, not so much today.

  • WallofSleep

    :Looks a pic:

    She seems nice.

  • Broga

    “And nobody’s perfect.”

  • Broga

    “When a guy dresses up and parades around……..”

    Like priests …………….?

  • Tawreos

    Is it just me or does she look like she may be related to the Cowardly Lion?

  • Duncan R. Bryson

    “He insisted the event was a sin and a corruption of young children who couldn’t defend themselves”.
    Like they can’t defend themselves from religious indoctrination. That is ANY religious indoctrination, eg “Muslim” boys nodding as they read the quran. I’m in my late 60’s never been married nor lived with anyone hence no children. I’ve been fairly open minded all my life but I think I’m more modern minded than ever in recent years. The idea of young innocence is just lack of knowledge. If I’d young children now I’d want them to grow mentally at a reasonable rate as their ability to assimilate allowed. This includes human anatomy and reproduction etc, yes sex. They wouldn’t be embarrassed if put to them in a simple informative way and without awkwardness. Some people seem to want children to remain “little children” for ever. They are going to encounter all sorts of religion and life styles (not the words I want to use but can’t think of what just now) so they should be armed in a manner to cope.

  • Barry Duke

    “Trashy” was the trigger.

  • Rich

    ” “He insisted the event was a sin and a corruption of young children who couldn’t defend themselves”.
    Like they can’t defend themselves from religious indoctrination.” – perfect!

  • Rich

    They ought to be more concerned about things that can really “traumatize” children….like the Bible!

  • CoastalMaineBird

    Every article about this subject brings the same response from me:

    SHOW ME ONE CHILD WHO HAS BEEN “TRAUMATIZED” by a DQSH.

    You will not or can not do it.

    You don’t care about the truth.

  • Hopefully no one ever invites her to see a kabuki performance.

  • Michael Neville

    Now that you mention it….

  • Michael Neville

    The fundies are all upset because the City of St. Petersburg considers people to be people, regardless of how they dress.

  • WallofSleep

    I’m just grateful I’m not one of her TEN kids. sheesh

  • WallofSleep

    And that’s just her “resting beach face”.

  • WallofSleep
  • WallofSleep
  • persephone

    Pastor Doug Wilson finds a gown, makeup and earrings very sexual.

  • WallofSleep

    Only on a dude, Persephone. Only on a dude.

  • Vanity Unfair

    I don’t know what they have to say, it makes no difference anyway,whatever it is I’m against it, no matter what it is or who commenced it –
    I’m against it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHash5takWU

  • …have any of these people ever been to a drag show?

  • *shudders*

  • Vanity Unfair

    My apologies: You must have been in moderation while I was searching for the clip.

    Patheosetic!

  • karmacat

    Or bugs bunny

  • DingoJack

    Isn’t there churches in Ohio that she could annoy protest?

  • Rich

    I love the Marx Brothers!

  • ephemerol

    Isn’t each of these right-wing snowflakes throwing tantrums a child? And I have no wish to deny their delicate fee-fees have fully traumatized by DQSH.

  • NoOne of Consequence

    I expect some kids were scared when that douche-nozzle showed up to one with a gun, but that doesn’t really count as ‘by’. Maybe they’re angling for the “it’s dangerous for kids to go there because a lunatic, like me, might shoot up the place!” kind of argument. Like when Republicans complain that the government they broke doesn’t work or bullies ask you why you’re hitting yourself.

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  • WallofSleep

    Such childhood indoctrination. Much traumatizing.

    I’m sure all parties involved were properly admonished and barred from the public square for such a vile, subversive, anti-xtian/anti-American display, sparing generations of children from being influenced by godless perverts.

    And furthermore, I’ll wager not a single one of those unpatriotic degenerates went overseas to entertain our troops during the war. Friggin’ commies!

  • epeeist

    That little toad is basically saying “I have no idea whatsoever what is going on in there, but I’m against it.”

    Or perhaps it is like this

    https://www.jesusandmo.net/wp-content/uploads/ride.png

  • Broga

    It seems she can live with concerns about global over population. Who was the father(s).

  • Eddie

    Lizzie is one ugly, nasty b—-.

  • phatkhat

    I thought she looks like Debbie Wasserman Schulz. Only even more repulsive.

  • She said she crusades against the story hours because they’re “very adult and sexual in nature” and include “confusing, gender-bending books” that can traumatise children.

    I don’t think that Mrs. Johnston is an authority on what does or does not traumatize children just because her uterus is a clown car.