ACTION: Tell your library that drag is not for kids!

The Issue:

Libraries, schools, and bookstores around the world are holding events known as Drag Queen Story Hour or Drag Queen Storytime. While playing make-believe and dress-up are healthy activities for kids, the type of dress-up known as drag is sexual fetish play for adults. There is a word for adults normalizing sexual play with children: grooming.

Some points to consider:

  • Drag reinforces patriarchal stereotypes of what it means to be a woman.
  • The American Library Association says their drag events are “creating a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive society” and “a commitment to combating marginalization and underrepresentation.” Then why are they not widely promoting story hours of people with disabilities, ethnic minorities, economically disadvantaged people, or actual women?
  • Perhaps because those groups do not have the immense financial backing of the medical industry.
  • Encouraging children to participate in drag with adults places them in sexually explicit situations not appropriate for children.

Libraries often fail to background-check presenters of these drag events. In at least one instance, a convicted sex offender read and performed this sexual fetish play for kids at the library.

What You Can Do:

  1. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook and share our actions.
  2. Find out whether a drag queen storytime is hosted by your library, and let them know that drag isn’t for kids. You could give them a copy of the points we have listed.

#dragisntforkids

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