Drag Queen Story Hour is back in New York schools and libraries like it never left – because it isn’t. After outrage from parents who didn’t think their children needed to be read about non-binary pronouns and toddlers by men and women dressed as the opposite sex, New York City continued to fund and developing the Drag Queen Story Hour programs. .
Taxpayer-funded Drag Queens dress and read children in libraries, schools, parks and green spaces across the city and in every borough. Drag Queen Story hour is funded by members of the New York City Council, who can use their discretionary funding pay for drag queens and kings to read to children and help them with their makeup.
Among the board members funding this are Keith Powers, Jimmy Van Bramer and Daniel Dromm.
Drag Story Hour NYC regularly shares footage of drag queens reading to students, whether in schools, libraries, or elsewhere. They shared footage of students at Queens Middle School IS 93, where Bella Noche spoke to children.
The message said that Noche was talking about the children’s book Melissa, by Alex Gino, with the students. The book is about a boy who wants to be a girl, and so he really is a girl. “When people look at George, they see a boy. But George knows it’s a girl,” the description bed.
College students gathered to hear Bella Noche reading to them while they were dressed as women.
Asked about continued programming, Tony Kinnett said: ‘The key question is always ‘why’. Why must there be a special hour for sexually dressed men – to read for children? Why do children have the responsibility of validating grown men in robes?”
For Daniel Buck, the answer is simple and sarcastic: “Because the representation, you fanatic. If young children don’t see men dressed as strippers, they will become white nationalists.”
Indeed, many of these programs emphasize the courage and bravery of those who dress in these heterosexual costumes to read to children, as if there was something heroic in doing so.
“I’m especially proud to support Drag Queens Story Hour, a wonderfully imaginative and inclusive program for children that encourages acceptance and a love of reading,” Van Bramer said when asked about the use of funding. “Drag Queen Story Hour gives all kids a space to be themselves and see queer role models – something I desperately needed as a kid.”
James Linsday said “The story isn’t that they do it, it’s that you can’t get them to stop doing it.”
Additional posts on the Instagram page show Professor Lionel Longlegs, wearing garish makeup, reading a book for “neurodiverse children”.
While still others show images of drag queens, or in this case drag king Oliver H, who “showed high school kids of all genders how to do drag-gender makeup.” It would be hard to imagine the city, or a councilman, funding a model entering high schools to show kids how to wear makeup.
“Validating feelings and healing emotional dissonance is a responsibility that many of these weirdos entrust to children,” James Lindsay said. “They have no idea that children aren’t their personal little validation machines.”
Other drag queens are brought in to read to primary school students, such as the one housed at PS 154.
According to Drag Queen Story Hour, these kinds of events take place in schools across the city, with LGBTQ+ content provided for children.
Programming is also served in libraries.
“There’s the hypothesis,” Chalkboard Review said. The post-millennium, that children are sexual beings who benefit from seeing someone whose identity presumably resonates with their own. It’s seeing it all to be that.”
Drag Story Hour says they “teach kids about diversity and gender difference in all its wonderful forms, building empathy and giving kids the confidence to express themselves.”
“We’re appearing in libraries, schools, museums and community spaces across New York’s five boroughs and even here with you virtually. Empathy is built through experience. And no experience is quite like that. -this.
“So take an hour, grab someone you love and join us. Drag Queen Story Hour NYC, opening hearts and minds one story at a time.”
“It keeps coming up in every new teacher’s head: you always have to ‘know the ‘why’ behind everything you do in the classroom and make sure it is understood by the students,” said Robert Pondiscio. “The ‘why’ behind drag queen story time has never been clear to me.”
Indeed, Drag Queen Story Hour seems less about children and learning, and more about vindicating drag queen culture and lifestyles to children.