Last weekend, Jessie Graham, a woman from Columbia, Tennessee, passionately defended the queer community during a Maury County Board of Trustees meeting.
The speech was in response to Zachary Fox, the former director of the Maury County Public Library, who resigned at a previous meeting. The resignation comes after months of complaints about the library’s Prime Month display and a family-friendly drag brunch he hosted at a brewery last year.
During her speech, Graham described the homophobia used to ban books as “vile and disgusting”. She also used her own experience to denounce the allegations made against the queer community: “I’ve never been sexually assaulted at a drag show, but I’ve been to church twice. The men in that church told me it was my fault.”
Other attendees at the meeting applauded Graham’s speech and his video has amassed more than a million views on social media.
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