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What Really Happens at Drag Queen Story Hours

You may have read our recent report about the latest effort to normalize sexual brokenness and push it on our kids. It’s called Drag Queen Story Hour, and if it hasn’t come to your community – maybe even your library – keep an eye out for it.

But what actually happens at one of these surreal events? Family Policy Alliance recently went to one to find out.

This event was at a library, though the library – in response to heavy public criticism and media coverage – took great pains to say that it was not sponsoring the event. So who was the sponsor? A local gay nightclub that also includes a gay bathhouse – a business where men have sex with other men. Not exactly the kind of folks that one would expect a library to facilitate interaction with children, especially in the #MeToo age.

Notably, the library also allowed the event – titled Drag Queen Story Time in this location – to be scheduled shortly after the library’s “Story Time”, presumably to attract more kids.

What the kids got was in large part political parody, followed by recruitment to kids’ drag queen competitions and an opportunity for all of the kids to get personal photos with the drag queens.

The story was A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo, a parody of a book about a rabbit by Mike Pence’s daughter. In this version, two male bunnies want to get married, and Vice President Mike Pence is the villain – a stink bug who tries to stop them.

After introducing various drag queens who hold various “titles” from drag queen competitions, the lead drag queen invited kids ages 10 or older to compete for drag queen titles of their own. “So,” he said, “if you have kids who think this is great, or if they want to explore into other things, there are outlets for that.” The drag queen then detailed the titles and opportunities.

Events similar to this are happening with increasing frequency around the country. What can you do?

  • Send a message to the American Library Association, urging them to stop their active support of Drag Queen Story Hours. Your state legislators will also be copied so that they are aware and can take appropriate action. It only takes seconds to send the pre-drafted message on our Action Center.
  • Talk (respectfully) to your local library officials and urge them to resist the push to bring these events to your community. Remind them that drag queens are strongly associated with adult entertainment and are not appropriate for children.
  • Please share this message widely so that libraries and policy makers hear the message loud and strong!

Thank you for speaking up for our kids!

The Family Policy Alliance Team