Over the weekend, New York Attorney General Letitia James hosted a Drag Queen “Read-a-Thon” for families at the LGBT Community Center, which aims to “denounce hate and combat rampant misinformation,” according to her office.
The event took place at the LGBT Community Center in Greenwich Village over the weekend. according to James’ office, “approximately 200” guests attended the party, which was described as a “day of family fun” as drag queens read stories to the attendees, which included children.
It’s Drag Story Hour time! we are in @employee With some of New York City’s most amazing Drag Story Hour storytellers, New York families, elected officials, and community leaders start their Drag Story Hour reading! James celebrated, and provided two photos of the event. Several young children can be seen in the audience:
It’s Drag Story Hour time!
we are in @employee With some amazing Drag Story Hour storytellers in New York City, New York families, elected officials, and community leaders start our very own Drag Story Hour! pic.twitter.com/PfcS80Yc1l
— NY AG James (@NewYorkStateAG) March 19, 2023
Other elected officials joined the event, including “Assembly members Tony Simon and Grace Lee, New York City Council President Adrian Adams, Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine, and Council members Eric Butcher, Shekhar Krishnan, and Crystal Hudson,” in the press release, which confirmed that the event was in response to “the escalation of homophobic protests and fear-mongering surrounding Drag Story Hour, the outrageous harassment and vitriol directed at the LGBTQ+ community, advocates and leaders like New York City Councilmembers Eric Butcher and Shekhar Krishnan”.
“With this event, Attorney General James, her New York colleagues, and co-sponsors are ensuring that New Yorkers know that everyone—regardless of gender, gender, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status—is celebrated, protected, and welcomed in New York,” the book states.
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Notably, the New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library, and Queens Public Library are included in sponsoring the event.
This wouldn’t be the first time taxpayer-funded New York public libraries have been involved in controversial events. The Brooklyn Public Library, for example, is reported hosted Drag queen makeup tutorial for teens last summer. The same bookstore shared sexually explicit books with teens, too.
Most notably, the Drag Queen Story Hour event in Houston, Texas, brought a sex offender close to children. In 2019, Houston Public Library I confess that one of the storytellers on “Drag Queen Story Hour” was a registered sex offender impersonating a drag queen. However, officials in New York are celebrating this weekend’s event.
“The recent upsurge in anti-LGBTQ+ protests, rhetoric, and politics has left New Yorkers — myself included — frustrated and disillusioned,” James said.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) also celebrated the drag event, emphasizing that drag queens offer what he described as a “love of diversity.” Adams also acknowledged that their goal was not only to educate children, but to shape them to accept these left-wing narratives.
“The goal is not only for our kids to be academically smart, but also emotionally smart,” he said. “I thank Attorney General James for hosting this event which clearly says New York City is a place where you can be yourself and love whoever you want.”
While crime runs rampant in the city, James seemed to ignore criticism.
“I don’t know a lot of children who have been harmed by pulling to read. But I do know a lot of children who have been harmed by weapons, so why don’t you focus on that?” she said.
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