New York Spent More Than $200,000 On Drag Queen Story Hours At Public Schools
According to the New York Post, over $200,000 is being spent on drag queen shows in New York public schools. This incredible amount of cash is coming at the expense of taxpayers, often without parental knowledge or consent.
In May of this year, the state gave nonprofit Drag Story Hour NYC $46,000 from city contracts for appearances at public schools, street festivals, and libraries.
“Since January, the group has organized 49 drag programs in 34 public elementary, middle, and high schools, it boasted on its website, with appearances in all five boroughs,” the New York Post reported.
The Drag Story Hour NYC organization’s website claims that all funds go towards continuing to bring free and low-cost “Drag Story Hour” programs to NYC public schools.
The New York Post continued by stating, “since 2018, the group — previously known as Drag Queen Story Hour NYC, before changing its name early this year — has received a total of $207,000 in taxpayer cash.”
“The tally includes $50,000 from New York State through its Council on the Arts, along with $157,000 from the city’s Departments of Education, Cultural Affairs, Youth and Community Development, and even the Department of Transportation, city data shows,” the outlet added.
Drag queen story hours for children have evolved into a mainstream hot button issue over the course of this year’s Pride Month, but it has been a rising trend across the nation since 2017.
Typically, they involve cross-dressed performers reading aloud from a list of books that are said to teach acceptance and inclusion. Far too often these books include many adult themes like gender transitioning and child drag.
Parents are starting to notice how damaging these books can be for children, especially when introduced at such an early age, with uproar ramping up across the nation over the inclusion of these themes in the classroom.
For example, three Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania mothers have just filed a lawsuit to stop a first-grade teacher from instructing their kids about transgender transitioning and other gender identity topics.
The mothers claim that the first-grade teacher violated the Constitution, state law, and district policy by teaching gender ideology in the elementary school class by using books such as When Aiden Became a Brother and Introducing Teddy to explain and showcase how boys can transition into girls if they choose. And vise-versa.
The parents argue that the books have been aimed at children as young as six and seven years old. But other examples from other public schools in the country have indicated that these drag queen story hours have involved kids as young as three years old. As many parents have rightfully noted, none of these events have anything to do with the public school curriculum.
Per City Council member Vickie Paladino (R-Queens), “I am considering pulling funding to any school in my district that is implementing Drag Queen Story Hour.”
“We are taking hundreds of thousands of dollars out of the pockets of hardworking New York taxpayers … to fund a program teaching little children about their gender fluidity? Not. On. My. Watch,” she added.