New York City Mayor Eric Adams, a Democrat, is openly supporting the practice of having drag queen events at schools and libraries, claiming that they foster literacy.
"Drag storytellers, and the libraries and schools that support them, are advancing a love of diversity, personal expression, and literacy that is core to what our city embraces," a tweet on the @NYCMayor Twitter account declares. "At a time when our LGBTQ+ communities are under increased attack across this country, we must use our education system to educate. The goal is not only for our children to be academically smart, but also emotionally intelligent," another tweet states.
Drag Queen Story Hour events involve drag queens reading books to children — many people consider the concept to be highly inappropriate.
In response to the mayor's endorsement of the practice, Sara Gonzales, host of BlazeTV's "The News & Why It Matters," tweeted, "Holy crap. Democrats, please keep doing this."
"Yes, Democrats, this is the hill you should die on. Bring this all the way to the midterms. Great political strategy," Matt Walsh tweeted.
"'Drag queens for the children' is one hell of a 2022 slogan," Ben Shapiro tweeted.
"They really are gonna fully embrace being the groomer party," tweeted Steve Deace, host of BlazeTV's "Steve Deace Show."
"The USA's Democratic Party has completely lost the plot. Including the so called 'moderates'. I am not American but I hope they get absolutely rekt in the next election," ZUBY tweeted.
Democratic Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney of New York has previously praised Drag Queen Story Hour. "I had the honor of assisting with a Drag Queen Story Hour in New York in April," Maloney tweeted last week. In April, she tweeted, "thanks to [New York Public Library] and programs like Draq Queen story hour, NYC’s next generation are getting a well rounded education about LGBTQ+ issues and gender identity."
Drag Queen Story Hour executive director Jonathan Hamilt has contended that there is a world of difference between adult drag shows and Drag Queen Story Hour events for kids.
"Someone who is bigoted or doesn't want to do the research, they're not going to understand that an adult drag show at an adult bar, in the evening, with alcohol, is different from a Drag Queen Story Hour nonprofit event at 11am at a public library," Hamilt said, according to the Independent.
"Obviously, all adults act differently when they're around children and when they're not. Every schoolteacher has a private life outside of working with children, and you act appropriately around children. That's just a normal thing that all adults do, no matter who you are – gay or straight, drag queen or not," Hamilt said, according to the outlet.