More threats come out against drag queens are filling the news, it seems like it is a new right-wing fad, making threats against libraries and bars that hosts drag events.
Column: Drag queen storytime is not a threat to our way of life. It’s a joyful, loving balm.
By Heidi Stevens
September 23, 2022
I’m trying to imagine why a person would look around in this particular moment and decide that drag queens reading storybooks to children are a menace that must be thwarted.
I know the mind reels at the number of ways and places our kids can be harmed: Gun violence is now the leading cause of death for American children; COVID-19 variants continue to evolve; the American West is running out of water and kids are choking on wildfire smoke; close to half of all Americans live in areas with hazardous air quality levels; the proportion of high school students reporting persistent sadness or hopelessness increased by 40% over the last decade.
But drag queens? Reading storybooks? And playing bingo? And creating balloon animals, along with joy and laughter and levity and a spark plus kindling for the imagination and curiosity and openheartedness and flexible thinking that will serve young people in every one of their endeavors?
Not a menace. If anything, a balm.
Just exactly does the right-wing kooks think is happening in the middle of a library? Just exactly do these armed protesters think will happen to the kids when the parents are there with the their children, that they are saving the children from some imagined horror?
Which is worst for the kids? Armed protesters or drag queens? In an article on the website Hyperallergic they report,
A Memphis museum was forced to cancel a family-friendly drag show and dance party when around 30 armed protesters showed up outside. Members of the far-right extremist group the Proud Boys reportedly joined a group of religious parents gathered in the parking lot of the Museum of Science & History (MoSH) on the evening of Friday, September 23, resulting in a last-minute evacuation just before the 7pm start time.
What do they protesters teach the children? That it is all right to threaten people who you don’t like with violence?
The Chicago Tribune article goes on to say,
“There seems to be a lot of confusion as to, like, drag has to be sexual,” performer Ginger Forest told the Chicago Tribune. “And that is not true at all. Our show specifically, we don’t wear revealing clothing. We don’t use profanity. We don’t do songs that are not children-appropriate. So, basically, what I would say is, go experience a show and see for yourself, how magical it can be.”
That is precisely what they think! Their minds are in the gutter.
The problem is that these protesters have a warped mind, they think gays want to hump anything that moves. They don’t think that LGBTQ+ can have a long term loving relationship, that all they are one night stands. They don’t believe that they can have a 30 year relationship like a couple that I know. It is these right-wing “patriots” who have a sick mind.
Have you noticed that these armed protesters are mostly men who think that they have to defend their "Manhood" what is it? Are they afraid that if they don't protest that they will be called "queer" or "gay"? Most women on the other hand are out their holding their Bibles.