DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. —Downers Grove drag show Bingo night has drawn both criticism and praise.

Despite there being pushback in the community, the library is standing by its decision to hold the event, which is already at capacity.

The event falls on National Coming Out Day on Oct. 11. Supporters have praised the library for its dedication to diversity and inclusion, while some—including Orland Park mayor and GOP candidate for that congressional district Keith Pekau—have called the event inappropriate and unacceptable use of taxpayer funds. 

WGN has learned that a private donor is footing the bill for the event — not tax dollars.

Pekau also said he “has no interest in regulating the private, consensual activities and decisions of adults. this event, however, targets children.”

His opponent, Democratic Rep. Sean Casten, attacked his opponent in a statement and linked him to Awake Illinois, saying the group is homophobic and bigoted.

The library issued a statement in response to its critics, saying in part that diverse programs help everyone see people who are different being accepted and celebrated.

“We understand that this program might not be for everyone — just as all programs, books, services, and other materials from the library will have different audiences,” the statement said.

The library says its goal is to provide a safe and accepting environment for everyone in their community regardless of politics, religion or identity and if you don’t like this event you can choose not to come.