As people of faith, we are committed to raising our children in communities that instill the values of inclusivity, acceptance, charity, and grace. These values are at the core of each of our faith traditions. We are greatly troubled to see some of our fellow faith leaders in San Diego and Chula Vista leveling severe opposition to The City of Chula Vista Public Library's plan to host "Drag Queen Story Hour", a family-friendly opportunity for members for the LGBTQ+ community to give back to the broader community through investing in the lives of our children. Furthermore, allowing our children to interact with Drag entertainers helps to tear down the anti-LGBTQ prejudice and enables LGBTQ+ children and youth to see themselves represented in their community.
It is clear that the opposition to this event is rooted in homophobia, bigotry, xenophobia, and discrimination. As faith leaders and people of faith, we believe that discrimination of any kind is an affront to the core values of our faith, and strongly oppose the use of faith as a weapon to threaten the future of events such as Drag Queen Story Hours. As people of faith committed to inclusivity and community affirmation, we offer support and solidarity with the City of Chula Vista and the Chula Vista Public Library as they continue their plans to host and promote the Drag Queen Story Hour.