In past years, Albany Update has commented on a troubling event known as Drag Queen Story Hour. As readers and listeners may recall, Drag Queen Story Hour is an event in which drag queens (men dressed as caricatures of women) visit public libraries to read stories to children. According to the Drag Queen Story Hour website, “DQSH captures the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood and gives kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models.” A national organization with dozens of local chapters has sprung up to promote this event.
Drag Queen Story Hour is controversial enough when it occurs at a local public library; there, parents have the option not to bring their young children to the event. However, Drag Queen Story Hour isn’t just happening at public libraries anymore; now, it’s happening at a public school right here in New York.
ChristianHeadlines.com reports that Maurice Sendak Public School (also known as Public School 118) in Brooklyn has scheduled a Drag Queen Story Hour later this month. In informing parents about the upcoming event, one teacher indicated that a drag queen would “‘read to the students, all while teaching into ideas of inclusiveness, gender fluidity and gender roles, family structures, acceptance, empathy, and individuality.’” The teacher reportedly described the event as part of “‘an effort to continue to strengthen and enhance inclusiveness and diversity in our schools.’” Worse yet, the upcoming Drag Queen Story Hour is not unprecedented; the teacher hosting the program claims that the school held a Drag Queen Story Hour in past years and “‘the 1st graders LOVED IT!’”
It is unacceptable for a public school to hold a Drag Queen Story Hour in a first-grade classroom. Cultivating confusion about gender identity in the minds of small children is not what schools are supposed to be doing.
NYCF’s Jason McGuire was a recent guest on Washington Watch with Tony Perkins to discuss this issue.