Parents slam drag queen library tour… but organiser hits back and accuses ‘far-Right neo-Nazi group’ of block-booking 2,000 tickets
- Drag Queen Story Hour sessions are designed to help children ‘get fabulous’
- But some parents have sent dozens of complaints to try and stop the project
- And organisers say a ‘far-right neo-Nazi’ group has block-booked 2,000 tickets
Parents have voiced alarm over events in public libraries for children hosted by drag queens.
Drag Queen Story Hour UK will hold nearly 70 classes for three to 11-year-olds in a summer tour. The group says the sessions ‘teach inclusivity’ and encourage children to ‘get fabulous’.
But parents have block-booked tickets to stop them going ahead.
The tour involves drag queens dressing up and reading stories to children in libraries – with their bright costumes and personas designed to encourage children to ‘get fabulous’
Dozens have sent template letters produced by charity The Family Education Trust to libraries, saying classes are ‘highly inappropriate… given that the images of men dressed as women are highly sexualised’, The Sunday Telegraph reported.
The letter states: ‘Drag shows are adults-only entertainment and not suitable for school age children.
‘When we expose children to sexual material, we blur the boundaries between adults and children, exposing them to adult sexual concepts and we risk normalising the sexualisation of children.
The Safe Schools Alliance campaign group added: ‘Drag queens entering children’s environments is an abuse of power.’
Drag Queen Story Hour UK claimed a ‘far-Right neo-Nazi group’ block-booked 2,000 tickets to try to prevent the tour from going ahead.
It was founded by Sab Samuel, 27, who performs as Aida H Dee.
A spokesman said: ‘The performances are very similar to pantomimes, except they are explicitly literacy-focused and support inclusivity in communities and an interest in reading.’
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