It’s already been held in left-wing enclaves such as Long Beach and St. Paul, and it’s infiltrated children’s television program.
Now it’s making a move into small town USA.
Beloit, Wisconsin, would qualify, with some 36,000 people, 17 square miles and a town website with construction updates and the upcoming city council agenda.
The big issue for the next meeting is a “drag queen storytime” announced by the local library.
The plan has generated a wide range of comments, and now a lawyer has written to the library on behalf of five people, including residents, property owners and others asking just what the heck library officials are thinking.
The event is scheduled for Wednesday night.
“[The] facts scream out that this drag queen storytelling time is provocative, shocking and offensive to many people,” wrote lawyer James R. Donohoo.
After being contacted by a number of residents about the issue, he wrote to Nick Dimassis, the city’s library director.
The people who complained had authorized the use of their names, but the lawyer decided not to do that, because of the small-town nature of Beloit.
“They believe it is inappropriate for the Beloit library to use taxpayer dollars to sponsor a reading program for 6-year-old children and under involving the library [partnering] with the Yellow Brick Road, [an LGBT activist organization], with said program involving a drag queen conducting the program, involving both the reading of books and controlling the dialogue and presentations,” the letter said.
Donohoo cited an online report that library officials didn’t see anything “too shocking” in the programming.
“I am perplexed that you said that. It obviously is provocative because you are getting dozens of phone calls complaining about it, you and your staff have given interviews, news outlets are covering it, and you issued a public statement. I would venture a guess that you have not issued a public statement before about a particular 6-year-old and under reading program,” the letter said.
Library officials, contacted by WND, declined to respond to questions.
“Did you consider that there could be a fair amount of people who do not believe a man dressing as a woman is funny or appropriate or entertaining?” the letter asked.
“Did you ever analyze and consider why they were making that request of these young children?”
And Donohoo asked the library what the program would look like to a Bible-believing Christian or a Quran-believing Muslim, “or don’t those people matter in the diversity movement?”
“Maybe my clients and I are just old fuddy-duddies, but I find it bordering on the absurd that a reading program for children 6 and under would require warning signs (as the library planned),” he said.
“Many people believe that libraries are supposed to be a safe place parents can take their children to read and grow in their knowledge, and not have their children propagandized about controversial issues.”
The library’s announcement said the program June 27 will feature drag queen Cass Marie from Madison.
“Kids are encouraged to attend in their favorite costume/dress-up clothes!” the library said.
The local newspaper report said the library was in partnership with Yellow Brick Road for the event.
“It’s important to have these events where love and acceptance is promoted, because even if people aren’t LGBT, or their kids aren’t LGBT, it’s still important we understand each other and are allies, because we’re all allies to one another,” said YBR spokesman Marilyn Schuh.
WND reported an animated show debuting June 28 about “toddler drag queens” called “Drag Tots!” features voicing from “famous drag queens,” including RuPaul. Then there’s the Netflix cartoon “Super Drags.”
The new programming has advocates for children aghast.
“More than ever, parents need to be on top of what their children may be watching, because the days of innocent Saturday morning cartoons is officially over,” said Movieguide, noting, “Honestly, it’s been over for a while.”
The two new shows “are pushing cross-dressing lifestyles on children,” Movieguide said, calling “Drag Tots!” a “disturbing cartoon.”
Netflix says about “Super Drags”: “By night, they tighten up their corsets and transform into the baddest SUPER DRAGS in town, ready to combat shade and rescue the world’s glitter from the evil villains. Get ready, because the SUPER DRAGS are going deeper than you think.”
Movieguide said that what “should now be clear for parents is that you can’t trust a network’s children programming simply because they deem it ‘children’s programming.'”
Last year, the Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library in Long Beach, California, a public facility, presented to children in its young readers program a huge array of diversity and “inclusion” programs, including a visit by a drag queen named Xochi Mochi.
Mochi’s visit took place during the “Drag Queen Story Hour,” a collaboration between the Long Beach Public Library, the LGBTQ Center of Long Beach, the Genders and Sexualities Alliance Network and the LGBTQ nonprofit Imperial Court of Long Beach, according to the Long Beach Public Library’s calendar.
Jon Miltimore at the Intellectual Takeout reported the St. Paul Public Library in Minnesota also held “Drag Story Hours.”