Drag queen story hour has quickly become drag queen grooming hour, exposing young children to sexually charged performances, stripping, and even touching between performers and minors.
What started with men dressed in heavy women’s makeup and glitzy dresses reading to preschoolers, has quickly accelerated. Now, drag queen shows often include performers dancing provocatively and singing and acting in a sexually charged manner. Drag performers continue to push the bounds of sexual innuendo as they deceitfully deem such shows “family friendly.”
LGBTQ activists have been able to hide behind a false claim of discrimination and a general cry of victimization as they expose young children to inappropriate sexual talk, dance moves, and dress.
Traditional news media cover for them, writing stories that paint the drag queens as victims and parents as “extremists.” Some recent headlines: “Extremists Target ‘Drag Queen Story Hour’” (News Nation), “Drag Faces New Threats as it Moves into the Mainstream” (Washington Post), “Drag Queen Events are Increasingly Targeted by “Right-Wing Demonstrators.” (PBS News Hour), and “This Children’s Event Has Become a Target of Extremist Groups” (CNN).
Some parents balked at the original drag queen story hour, which featured men dressed up as caricatures of women reading to young children. But it didn’t stay there. Now, performances include men spreading their legs and collecting money from children (video at 1:51), gyrating to raunchy songs, allowing children to climb on top of them, and teaching children suggestive dances and how to perform for tips.
While denying they target children, some drag performers tip their hands. One example: A performer at a Los Angeles Zoo drag show for children recently said, “We just thought we would give the children a little something to snack on, ya know what I’m say’n?” Another example shows a drag performer admitting he hopes bringing it into the mainstream will lead to more drag children.
As the shows became increasingly sexual, activists feigned innocence, still claiming they were harmlessly reading to children.
Parents rely on elected officials to protect children from inappropriate material in the public square. Arizona law puts a number of restrictions on adult businesses, including a prohibition on sexually explicit shows or performances in the presence of minors. Arizonans, and Americans overall, have long seen the wisdom in protecting children from sexuality-related adult “entertainment.” It is time to bring drag shows in line with traditional sex shows and limit audiences to adults. Center for Arizona Policy is reviewing current legislative proposals addressing this growing concern.
A Majority of Americans, 60%, believe drag shows are inappropriate for minors. This, although most Americans doubtfully know the extent of the grooming taking place at these shows.
Now, Some Good News
The U.S. House voted this week to protect babies born alive during an attempted abortion. The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act passed by a vote of 220 – 210, with nearly every Republican voting in favor of the protection, and nearly every Democrat voting against protecting babies born alive.
Those who opposed the bill called it, “extremist, dangerous, and unnecessary,” claiming it would jeopardize the life of a “struggling baby” if doctors were required to transport it to the hospital. Such reasoning drips with the saddest irony.
With a pro-life majority now in the House, this bill, which Democrats refused to bring to the floor for a vote over the last two years, has finally made it over the line.
Arizona’s Congressional Representatives voted along party lines.
Voted in favor: Andy Biggs, Juan Ciscomani, Eli Crane, Paul Gosar, Debbie Lesko, David Schweikert
Voted against: Ruben Gallego, Raul Grijalva, Greg Stanton
The divergent views on the value of life were also apparent when the U.S. House this week passed a resolution to condemn the many destructive attacks on pro-life pregnancy resource centers. All but three Democrats opposed the resolution, while Republicans all approved it.
Nearly 200 pro-life groups and churches have been vandalized since Roe v. Wade was overturned last June. The Department of Justice refused to report if it is prosecuting any of the cases. But it has charged 26 pro-life individuals who were peacefully protesting outside abortion clinics. Read more here.