for Story Hour at NY Library!!!
"'HER' HIPS GO SWISH, SWISH, SWISH" ROUTINE GROOMS VERY YOUNG CHILDREN
TO ACCEPT QUEER LIFETYLE
PARK SLOPE, BROOKLYN, NEW YORK CITY HOSTS "DRAG QUEEN STORY HOURS" FOR CHILDREN
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BROOKLYN, N.Y. — “Who wants to be a drag queen when they grow up?” That’s the question a man dressed as a woman recently asked children attending “Drag Queen Story Hour” (DQSH) at a public library in New York.Since last fall, the Brooklyn Public Library in Park Slope has been offering the storytime for children, bringing in various drag queens to read children’s books about homosexuality, gender identity and “non-conformity,” and “general youth discomfort.”
It’s one of several cities across the country—including San Francisco and Los Angeles—who have signed on to the program, created by Michelle Tea of Radar Productions.
“DQSH captures the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood and gives kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models,” the website for the effort reads.
Last Saturday, a man who dresses as a woman and identifies as “Lil Hot Mess” appeared at the Brooklyn Public Library in a silver sequin dress smathered with rainbow stickers. He read the book “Worm Loves Worm”—a story about “marriage equality”—to the group of children and their parents.
Following the reading, he led the children in a song and dance, singing, “The hips on the drag queen go swish, swish, swish” and “The heels on the drag queen go higher, higher.”
Kate Savage, a representative at the library, praised the event as being “fantastic.”
“[I]t addresses all of these issues of gender fluidity and self-acceptance and all these topics that are real,” she told the Associated Press.
However, the idea has also been met with concern and dismay.
“It’s not getting pushed on children, they said. Now they’ve got drag queens asking them directly, ‘Who wants to be a drag queen when you grow up?’ Indoctrination is never cool,” one commenter wrote.
“Why on earth would you expose impressionable minds to someone who is obviously mentally confused?” another asked. “We should be reinforcing gender identity and not adding to the chaos of this very mixed-up world. You are either born male or female; there is no gray area.”
“You have got to be kidding me. You can’t talk about Jesus, but you can teach from the Koran and now this garbage, which a majority of American families are against!” a third wrote.
In addition to the Park Slope location, the event has been held at the Aguilar Branch Library, the New York Public Library, the Tompkins Square Library, and the Hudson Park Library in the city, as well as the Humboldt County Library in Eureka, California.
In San Francisco, the program is part of a wider effort called “Queering the Castro,” according to the San Francisco Gate.
“The Castro is predominantly a white gay men’s space now,” Radar Executive Director Delgado Lopera told the outlet. “This project is about taking back the radically queer roots of the neighborhood. With art and literature, we’re doing a series of interventions and bringing in other queer folks into that space.”
Michelle Tea is the author of five memoirs including the cult-classic Valencia, now a feature-length film created in collaboration with twenty-one filmmakers; the illustrated Rent Girl, and most recently How to Grow Up, currently in development for television. Her four novels include Rose of No Man's Land and a trilogy of young adult fantasy novels - Mermaid in Chelsea Creek, Girl at the Bottom of the Sea and the forthcoming Castle on the River Vistula. Also forthcoming is Modern Tarot, a how-to guide. Tea is the author of the poetry collection The Beautiful, and has edited anthologies on class, fashion, queerness and first-person narratives. Her writing has appeared in Harper's, Marie Claire, n+1, California Sunday Magazine, The Believer, Buzzfeed, The Rumpus and elsewhere. Her popular blog Getting Pregnant with Michelle Tea, ran for the duration of her quest for pregnancy on xoJane.com. She has done extensive literary organizing in queer and feminist communities, co-creating the long-running performance tour Sister Spit and founding the literary non-profit RADAR Productions. Tea is the former editor of Sister Spit Books, an imprint of City Lights, and the current editor of Amethyst Editions, a Feminist Press series.
This is a video about Lil miss hot mess a drag queen that teaches kids about sexuality.
One Parent said this "Drag Queen Story Hour is fantastic because it addresses all of these issues of gender fluidity.”
At the Brooklyn Public Library, Lil’ Miss Hot Mess reads to groups of children.
Well I have a huge issue with this, this is not something I want around my children or topics discussed around my children at this age. This is disgusting that these liberal parents think it's ok for this to happen.
First of all, he has songs that he recites with children, one of which is an altered version of “The Wheels on the Truck Go Round and Round.” His new version of the song includes the line “the hips on the drag queen go swish, swish, swish.” When this line is sung, he can be seen visibly sashaying his hips while very small children (toddler age) tend to sashay their hips with him. He also asks the question “who wants to be a drag queen when they grow up?” Many children in the audience raise their hands. Brooklyn New York hosting an event like this could and should be considered a form of child abuse.
Being against this type of behavior performed in front of very small children has nothing to do with being anti-gay or anti-intellectualism. Far from it. It’s the simple fact that children should not be exposed to such mature things in a way that would require them to use a sharp degree of discernment. Adults may be able to sit through something like this and understand the difference between fantasy and reality. But how about small children who are easily led in the wrong direction? With still developing minds, this so-called “entertainment” is nothing other than well-crafted indoctrination. And the crazy parents who allow it to take place are in on it.