Drag queen bingo takes center stage at hours-long Downers Grove library board meeting

Downers Grove Public Library
A screenshot from an August Downers Grove Public Library board meeting recording. The board met Wednesday for three hours as residents sounded off about a canceled drag bingo event that had been planned to take place at the library. Photo credit Downers Grove Public Library

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — A library board meeting Wednesday night in Downers Grove went for more than three hours as people sounded off about a drag bingo event for teenagers.

The drag bingo event was called off after threats, but that didn’t stop Downers Grove residents from calling out library board members.

“What I do not understand is why the Downers Grove library would want to host an event that promotes a highly sexualized form of adult entertainment for children as young as 12 years old,” one attendee said

Much of the meeting went like that.

Another resident, though, told CBS 2:

“I think it is incredibly insulting and offensive that people would take words like that and make serious accusations about sexual abuse about a marginalized group of people,” they said.

A survey found that a slight majority of people — 52% — supported the drag bingo event.

An overwhelming number who spoke during the meeting, though, did not.

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Featured Image Photo Credit: Downers Grove Public Library