Drag Queen Storytime for Elementary Kids Dubbed ‘Child Abuse’ by Furious Parents
Parents have expressed their fury over drag queen story hour lessons for elementary school children at council libraries
The “sexualized” appearances of men dressed as women caused fury.
Drag Queen Story Hour UK will visit nearly 70 events in 20 regions across Britain.
From this month, the group will organize sessions for children from 3 to 11 years old.
Sab Samuel, a 27-year-old children’s author who plays Aida H Dee in a sequin dress, is leading the project.
The classes claim to “teach inclusivity” and encourage participants to “become fabulous”.
They will start at Reading Borough Council libraries on July 25 and will affect 3,000 children.
But the classes on offer have drawn anger from parents, with some even trying to block ticket bookings to prevent shows from going ahead.
They sent model letters through the charity Family Education Trust, telling councils the sessions are ‘highly inappropriate given that the images of men dressed as women are very sexualised’.
The letter, according to The Telegraph, adds: “Trying to blind children to one of the most basic facts of human existence can only be described as a form of child abuse.
“Children with gender identity issues need nurturing and sensitive care, not generalized indoctrination.”
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The lessons have also been branded an “abuse of power” by the Safe Schools Alliance, a campaign group made up of teachers and parents.
They added that the lessons are at odds with advice from the Department for Education, which insists on ‘evidence-based’ teaching.
The summer tour visits council libraries in areas such as Crewe, Bristol, Cornwall, Brighton and Hove, Portsmouth, Leeds, Cardiff, Rochdale, Bolton and Somerset.
The drag queen storytime movement began in the United States in 2015, touted as an attempt to promote “queer role models” and “childhood gender fluidity”.
In a statement, Drag Queen Story Hour UK said each performer had been vetted by DBS – a criminal record check – and undergone security training, and that their shows were “not night cabarets. “.
Its “performances are very similar to pantomimes, except they are explicitly focused on literacy and support inclusivity in communities and interest in reading,” a spokesperson said.
The spokesperson added: “Parents who have attended previous performances at other libraries across the country have shared very positive feedback about the event, its relevance to younger audiences and the enjoyment their children derive from it. .”