Arthur Schaper
Arthur Schaper in his Trump costume. Schaper is a ne’er-do-well who never accomplishes anything except “look at me, look at me.”

via Torrance City Council

MassResistance, an anti-LGBTQ hate group, is using Drag Queen Story Hour as a vehicle for media attention. The Torrance, California chapter is led by Arthur Schaper (pronounced shopper) who is a piece of work.

Arthur Christopher Schaper is an unemployed resident of Torrance. Schaper is so abrasive that the Republican Party revoked the charter of Beach Cities Republican Club, of which he is president. Schaper has a reputation in California for disrupting public meetings. Schaper is reportedly associated with a number of right wing anti-immigrant groups.

Drag Queen Story Hour is coming to the Chula Vista library. According to KUSI, San Diego:

San Diego MassResistance, a local chapter of the national conservative activist group, held a news conference Aug. 29 to demand the event’s cancellation. The Southern Poverty Law Center has listed certain chapters of the organization, though not San Diego’s, as anti-LGBTQ hate groups, a classification MassResistance vehemently denies.

“This program needs to be shut down before it even starts,” said Arthur Schaper, the director of California’s state chapter of MassResistance. “Having illicit, sexually explicit adult entertainers reading to children, billing them as heroes and role models, is just unthinkable and unconscionable.”

The first paragraph is incorrect. If MassResistance opens a chapter anywhere it will be deemed a hate group. The second paragraph demonstrates that Arthur Schaper is not terribly bright. Unfortunately KUSI did not pick up on the fact that the only people who will attend this event with their children are parents who approve of Drag Queen Story Hour. Parents who disapprove will not be present. Problem solved.

This time around, Schaper got some push-back. The local interfaith coalition DevOUT supported Drag Queen Story Hour and the city of Chula Vista by writing and signing onto a letter of support. In any event, the Chula Vista Library hosted the event Monday afternoon with City Councilman Stephen Padilla at the library’s Civic Center Branch.

Drag Queen Story Hour is enormously popular because it brings people to the library and it encourages children to read and explore the resources available at the library. The kids get it. They realize that drag queens are entertainers, men who impersonate women — often as an outrageous caricature. There is nothing sexual about drag queens.

Opponents are anti-LGBTQ bigots. Drag queens are often gay men. The bigots do not approve of gay men. Some opponents confuse drag queens with transgender people. The bigots do not approve of transgender people. Arthur Schaper needs to get a job or find some other hobby. This one is pointless and acidic.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.