Sex Offender Reads To Kids At Houston Public Library Drag Queen Storytime Event

Albert Garza used the name Tatiana Mala- Niña when he participated in Drag Queen Storytime.

Houston, TX – The Houston Public Library has issued an apology for allowing a registered sex offender to read books to children at an event hosted by drag queens.

Registered sex offender Albert Garza, 32, took part in the Drag Queen Storytime program using the name Tatiana Mala- Niña, the New York Daily News reported.

“If they had done their job and due diligence, they might have said ‘Wait – maybe it’s not a good idea to have a sex offender who at 200 pounds and 5-foot-11 assaulted an 8-year-old boy,” Houston MassResistance co-founder Tracy Shannon said.

In 2009, Garza was convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a child, and was sentenced to only five years on probation, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Shannon’s anti-LGBTQ group began digging into Garza’s background as part of it’s ongoing effort to bring an end to Drag Queen Storytime.

"We might not all agree that having adult entertainers is the right way to entertain young children or promote literacy, diversity and acceptance and inclusion," Shannon said. "But we can all agree that it's inappropriate to have a…sex offender entertaining children at the library."

In a public statement on Friday, the library admitted that it “failed to complete a background check as required by our own guidelines,” and acknowledged that Garza “has a criminal background that should have prevented him from participating in the program.”

The library noted that parents, guardians, and library personnel were with the children at all times during Drag Queen Storytime.

“No participant is ever alone with children, and we have not received any complaints about any inappropriate behavior by participants at storytimes,” the statement read.

Hundreds of people have attended the program with their children in the past.

"We assure you that this participant will not be involved in any future HPL programs," the library added. "We deeply regret this oversight and the concern this may cause our customers.”

The library said it is taking action to “ensure that the status of every participant in every program throughout our system is verified.”

“We will continue to review our process to ensure that this cannot happen again,” the statement read.

Comments (16)
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JBo
JBo

I'm not sure what's worse: that a sex offender is reading to children at the library or that there is a "Drag Queen Storytime" event that he's reading about.

Officer Cynical
Officer Cynical

How many other required background checks did they fail to complete?

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

So we already know the drag queen has more than a few screws loose but who was the library admin who thought this a good idea ? and for children too? The Houston Library Manager needs to immediately be gone. Absolutely outrageous .

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

This is just......wrong!

DieselDawg
DieselDawg

Normalizing pedophilia is part of the Liberal Agenda. Mark my words it will happen soon.

Bobholly79
Bobholly79

Are you kidding me!!! Someone needs to be fired!!

Apology doesn’t cut it

Zcamaro
Zcamaro

How about off-duty police officers in uniform service personnel respected people that can be looked up to as role models read to the children in the libraries, not queers dressed up as women. That kind of bulshit should not be glamorized to little children.

T-III
T-III

JBo said it! I couldn't have said it better -my sentiment exactly. What, the hell, is happening to our Society...?!

Woobie46
Woobie46

TEXAS???? PROBATION FOR A SEX OFFENSE???? GET THE FUCK OUT! This asshole should have been down permanently...someone should see to it. NOW, what kind of INSANE people have DRAG QUEENS (omg) read to little kids???? Why are they being subjected to the sickness of these grown ups. The library personnel should be inside and the drag queens should be OUT OF TEXAS, also permanently.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

I have 0 issues with a drag queen reading to children's. And as an aside, not all drag queens are gay, they just like to dress up in Women's clothing. Not my thing, but to each his or her own. To those that complain, your sexual insecurity is showing....

I have a huge issue with a sex offender being allowed to participate in this event. That's an epic failure on the part of the library

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Most mature , informed individuals see this and concentrate on the child and minimizing the potential for any possible adverse impact on the very young children. It has nothing to do with one's own sexuality. By including "questioning sexual insecurity" if one disagrees with the writer it's just an attempt to try to minimize any and all disagreement towards one view. If some are open to those who cross dress you are entitled to your opinion. My thought is who protects the child? These children do not need any indoctrination at 4 or 5 years old. Let them be a kid without adding confusion.