61 F
Mérida
Tuesday, January 18, 2022
###

Children’s book fair in Yucatan cancels drag queens at story time

Kimmy Bomba and Dodi Maleanta have been scratched from the FILIJ itinerary

Latest headlines

Omicron strain now dominant in Yucatán

The Omicron variant of COVID-19 now appears to be the most common form of the virus in Yucatán.

Exploring Tazumal and Casa Blanca in Western El Salvador

Though part of the Mayan world, archaeological sites in El Salvador have largely remained unvisited by all but the most avid adventurers. But this tiny country boasts several interesting sites full of unique features and blends of cultural traditions. 

Mérida slated to build nearly 100 new highrise towers

Housing and business developments in Mérida have historically been fairly “close to the ground,” but that seems to be changing.

Yucatán’s COVID hospitalizations begin to creep up

Over 3,000 new coronavirus infections were reported this week in Yucatán. On Sunday alone, 652 new cases were detected, and that's likely...
Yucatán Magazine
Sign up to get our top headlines delivered to your inbox twice a week.
FILIJ has canceled the Drag Queen Story Hour from its fair in Yucatan.

Merida, Yucatan — Bowing to pressure from conservatives, organizers have disinvited two drag queens from a children’s book fair.

Performers Kimmy Bomba and Dodi Maleanta were scheduled Sunday to replicate their “Drag Queen Story Hour,” which has been a phenomenon throughout the U.S. and was recently introduced to Merida.

Proponents say the concept of a man in outlandish feminine costume and makeup heading up a child’s story time promotes diversity and inclusion. But not everyone is on board, and even perceive a plot.

When FILIJ announced the segment, social media lit up with violent threats and comments such as “they were going to homosexualize or confuse children.” Many invoked religious doctrine to justify their rejection of the concept.

Dodi Maleanta said that threatening and hateful comments came from Facebook accounts linked with the “save both lives” anti-abortion campaign.

Organizers then announced that “due to a wave of comments from people against our project we do not want to risk the families and girls who attend the fair to enjoy a healthy reading hour”

“We believe in the need for inclusive and family spaces to encourage reading where everyone feels safe and in the best of environments,” they stressed.

What was not clear is whether the decision was made by local organizers of the fair, its sponsors or the federal government.

The Drag Queen Story Hour Merida page replied on an upbeat note.

“The Drag Queen Story Hour will continue,” reads the post. “We look forward to your support, dissemination and assistance to continue building human beings that respect, tolerate and love.”

The fair begins today and runs through Nov. 10 at the Parque de la Paz and other venues such as the Alternative Forum “Rubén Chacón” and the Issste Cultural Center. It is run under the auspices of the City of Merida, the Federal Ministry of Culture, the Economic Culture Fund and the civil association Leer por Placer, or Read for Pleasure.

- Advertisement -

Subscribe Now!

More articles

Yucatán wakes up to a cold and windy ‘Mukul’

Mark Callum, a Mérida resident originally from England, helped this Chevy's owner move a huge branch behind the Paseo de Montejo...

Mérida Fest to go forward despite COVID-19 surge

The Ayuntamiento has confirmed that in-person events scheduled for Mérida Fest 2022 will continue as planned.

Building in Yucatán to get even more expensive in 2022

Over the past several years, construction costs in Yucatán have risen sharply and all signs point to even higher prices in 2022..

Yucatán’s top 8 street junk food favorites

Walking through virtually any city or town in Yucatán a wide range of food vendors can be seen peddling goodies out of push carts, mobile stands, food trucks, and just about every other configuration you can think of.

Mexico prepares to begin human trials of its Patria COVID-19 vaccine

Federal health authorities are calling on adult volunteers to take part in human trials for Mexico's Patria COVID-19 vaccine. 

Yucatán back to tougher restrictions as COVID continues to skyrocket

Yucatán state health department numbers show a dramatic change in coronavirus data. Yucatán recorded 459 new coronavirus...

The new Mayan Train director says the project is 7 months behind schedule

Javier May Rodríguez, the Mayan Train’s recently appointed director, says the rail project is seven months behind schedule.

Citigroup to sell off Banamex, owner of historic Casa de Montejo 

Multinational investment bank Citigroup has announced that it will sell off Banamex.

Carlos de la Barrera — international experience and local expertise

Architect Carlos de la Barrera is well known in Mérida for projects that blur the line between interior and exterior and challenge established ways of doing things locally. 

Yucatan governor predicts an end to the ‘green’ light

By Thursday, Yucatán's easy-going restrictions under the "green" light will be no more, Gov. Mauricio Vila Dosal predicts.