'The Houston chapter of Drag Queen Story Hour announced that it is canceling all future events after it was discovered that one of their performers was convicted for sexually assaulting an eight-year-old boy. Trent Lira and Devin Will, the founders of the Houston Drag Queen Story Hour, put out a statement announcing the end of the program in the Houstonia.
Then, last Friday, the ball dropped. News broke that one of our former readers was a sex offender. She was part of story time before [Houston Public Library] started enforcing background checks for every performer, and hasn’t been back since they started. When Trent spoke to the queen in question this weekend, she confirmed that she had been convicted in 2009. It was devastating. We had insisted and insisted that what we were doing was safe for children, and yet here was a performer who had been charged with sexual assault of a minor. We didn’t know about the conviction prior to last week, but it would have come up if a background check had been conducted. It was a systematic mistake.
Alberto Garza, who goes by the stage name Tatiana Mala-Niña, is the "she" in question, a 32-year-old convicted sex offender who had been reading to children through the program. The background checks only began after the library was sued by a group of protesters who claimed the library was endangering children. The lawsuit, in part, read, "With the government's symbolic stamp of approval, the Drag Queen Story Hour amounts to a form of sexual grooming of 2 to 10-year-olds by adult males dressed as females... The event is not about "diversity," it is about grooming children for government-approved sexual exploitation."'
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