Report from Louisiana: Drag Queen Story Hour

by Pat Austin | July 30th, 2018

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Report from Louisiana: Drag Queen Story Hour

By: Pat Austin

SHREVE­PORT – Not much sur­prises me any­more but I have to admit, I’m sur­prised that this, via The Hayride, is a thing now:

At an annual Amer­i­can Library Asso­ci­a­tion con­fer­ence in New Orleans, the Asso­ci­a­tion for Library Ser­vice to Chil­dren (ALSC) offi­cially intro­duced “Drag Queen Story Hour” to librar­i­ans across the country.

Accord­ing to an ALSC post on its web­site, libraries across the coun­try could now be host­ing men dressed as women in scary cos­tumes with horns, while read­ing to young chil­dren. The fea­ture image is of Xochi Mochi who read at the Long Beach pub­lic library dressed as a demon with five horns and a white painted face. Last year drag queens read to school chil­dren at pub­lic libraries in New York City and through­out Cal­i­for­nia, wear­ing wigs and makeup.

Of course, after a photo of Xochi Mochi went viral on Face­book Left-​wing pro­pa­ganda site Snopes argued that it was impos­si­ble to know if he was dressed like a demon since demons only have 2, not 5 horns. Appar­ently Snopes would know this. For­get about a man dressed like a woman and a devil-​horned demon read­ing to chil­dren– that shouldn’t con­cern any­one, just the num­ber of horns.

Here is a clip from the post ref­er­enced above from the Amer­i­can Library Asso­ci­a­tion site:

Inter­ested in bring­ing Drag Queen Sto­ry­time to your library? ALSC Com­mit­tee Mem­bers received tips for opti­miz­ing suc­cess from library pio­neers who have already done it. We also had the chance to meet a Drag Queen who talked about the value of offer­ing this pro­gram, includ­ing fos­ter­ing empa­thy, tol­er­ance, cre­ativ­ity, imag­i­na­tion and fun. Drag Queen Story Hour is a non-​profit and you can find out more at its homepage.

You’ll have to click over to The Hayride to see the photo of the five-​horned, white-​faced drag queen.

This prac­tice actu­ally started last year in libraries in New York and in Cal­i­for­nia and has been endorsed as a sig­nal of accep­tance of diver­sity by the left.

I am not imply­ing judg­ment at all but I do think there are some dan­gers here. I don’t think drag queens are just pop­ping into libraries to ambush kids; pro­grams like this would be announced or pro­moted as such and if you don’t want your five year old being read to by a Satanic five horned god­dess, don’t send him to drag queen story hour.

I do ques­tion the moti­va­tion, how­ever. What is the gain by LGBT groups? Aren’t these read­ers set­ting them­selves up to be seen as “other,” as “dif­fer­ent?” Is it for atten­tion? Manip­u­la­tion? Indoc­tri­na­tion? Or just to show five year olds that drag queens are peo­ple too?

I guess I have a lot of ques­tions about this.

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreve­port and is the author of Cane River Bohemia. Fol­low her on Insta­gram @patbecker25.

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – Not much surprises me anymore but I have to admit, I’m surprised that this, via The Hayride, is a thing now:

At an annual American Library Association conference in New Orleans, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) officially introduced “Drag Queen Story Hour” to librarians across the country.

According to an ALSC post on its website, libraries across the country could now be hosting men dressed as women in scary costumes with horns, while reading to young children. The feature image is of Xochi Mochi who read at the Long Beach public library dressed as a demon with five horns and a white painted face. Last year drag queens read to school children at public libraries in New York City and throughout California, wearing wigs and makeup.

Of course, after a photo of Xochi Mochi went viral on Facebook Left-wing propaganda site Snopes argued that it was impossible to know if he was dressed like a demon since demons only have 2, not 5 horns. Apparently Snopes would know this. Forget about a man dressed like a woman and a devil-horned demon reading to children– that shouldn’t concern anyone, just the number of horns.

Here is a clip from the post referenced above from the American Library Association site:

 Interested in bringing Drag Queen Storytime to your library? ALSC Committee Members received tips for optimizing success from library pioneers who have already done it.  We also had the chance to meet a Drag Queen who talked about the value of offering this program, including fostering empathy, tolerance, creativity, imagination and fun.  Drag Queen Story Hour is a non-profit and you can find out more at its homepage.

You’ll have to click over to The Hayride to see the photo of the five-horned, white-faced drag queen.

This practice actually started last year in libraries in New York and in California and has been endorsed as a signal of acceptance of diversity by the left.

I am not implying judgment at all but I do think there are some dangers here.  I don’t think drag queens are just popping into libraries to ambush kids; programs like this would be announced or promoted as such and if you don’t want your five year old being read to by a Satanic five horned goddess, don’t send him to drag queen story hour.

I do question the motivation, however.  What is the gain by LGBT groups?  Aren’t these readers setting themselves up to be seen as “other,” as “different?”  Is it for attention?  Manipulation? Indoctrination? Or just to show five year olds that drag queens are people too?

I guess I have a lot of questions about this.

 

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport and is the author of Cane River Bohemia.  Follow her on Instagram @patbecker25.

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