For months, parents and citizens in Chula Vista, a suburb of San Diego, have insisted that their City Council take action to stop any more “Drag Queen Story Hour” events from targeting children in the public library. On September 10, 2019, the Chula Vista library held a particularly hideous and perverted “Drag Queen Story Hour” event.
Since then a large number of parents have testified at City Council meetings and have leafletted the town. They want the City Council to keep these kinds of things from happening in the public library. But the 5-member Council refuses to even bring it up for discussion.
One MassResistance mother in Chula Vista, Lorena, a calm but strong-willed woman, has been really taking action. She has testified at just about every City Council meeting, often bringing up the fact that the library has cut reading and literacy programs, yet had the money for Drag Queen Story Hour. She has passed out flyers across town.
Surprisingly, this past week Stephen Padilla, who had refused to meet with anyone, agreed to meet with Lorena in his City Hall office. Here’s what Lorena told us:
I came into his office. Councilman Padilla was there with his assistant Tony.
I told him about the Drag Queens who were in the Chula Vista library, who call themselves, Raquelita and Barbie-Q. They also sang sexually explicit songs on YouTube.
Steve Padilla told me, “I have not seen those videos.” I told him to watch those videos, and that he would see that these two men are not good to be around children. I told him, “Kids can go on the Internet. They can look up the Drag Queens they saw at our library, and they will find those videos. Do you think those videos are good for kids to see?”
[NOTE: You can see those videos here and here.]
Padilla claimed that lots of people liked the Drag Queen Story Hour. He also told me that lots of people in the city supported it, and that he has to listen to all his constituents.
Then Padilla said, “Just because you have religious objections, it doesn’t mean we have to stop the program.” He claimed that it was the minority of religious people in the city who didn’t like the program.
I then asked him: “Why were you siding with people who had those disgusting anti-Christian signs? Why did you side with them?” Is this the love and tolerance that you want to bring to Chula Vista? Or is it intolerance to people like me that want to speak the truth?
Padilla continued to justify himself with the freedom of speech argument: “They have freedom of speech.”
“But you were happy to side with them!”
Padilla tried to deny it, but I told him, “I saw you addressing the crowd, very happy, and leading the crowd around the library before going into the parking lot. You were very happy, very excited. You took sides with them. Why?”
Then I told him this: “Let’s finish with this. Drag Queen Story Hour is a step towards legalizing pedophilia, and you are part of it.”
At this point, Councilman Padilla stood up, got really angry, with a disgusted face. “What are you saying? You are going too far. Let me educate you …”
But I didn’t stop there.
“Since the 1970s, there’ve been organizations like NAMBLA …” and I told him about the Ted Talks on YouTube, and the classes at San Diego State University which talk about pedophilia as another sexual orientation.
Padilla got really upset with me and soon stormed out of his office.
I was sitting there by myself for a few minutes, not sure what to do. His assistant had also left the office. I went out to the hall. The assistant and someone who said his name was Francisco then came up to me, and Francisco told me, “Councilman Padilla doesn’t want to talk to you anymore. I am here to escort you to the exit.”
I had a right to be in City Hall, but after a moment I agreed to leave. But before I left I stopped to speak with Councilman Mike Diaz, who was in his City Hall office.
The police did eventually arrive. At first, they asked Councilman Diaz: “Is there anyone in your office that you want to remove?” I told them that they were there because of me, because of Councilman Padilla calling them to remove me.
I told the police the simple truth, why Padilla had called them to have me removed: “The fact is that Steve Padilla did not like what I said to him.” And I told the police specifically what Padilla didn’t like, which is that I mentioned the connection between Drag Queen Story Hour and pedophilia.
By that point, the police were clearly on my side. They understand that it was not right for Councilman Padilla to call the police on me just because I said something that he did not like. And they left without bothering me.
Full story at MassResistance.org.