In Celebration of Pride Month, Virginia Library Invites Babies and Toddlers to 'Drag StoryBook Hour'

(Scott Threlkeld/The Advocate via AP)

It wasn’t all that long ago when a story like this was off-the-charts shocking. That is no longer the case. Similar stories now make the news on a regular basis with nary a jaw dropped. The question is, what does the lack of widespread outrage say and about whom?


In celebration of Pride Month, the Fairfax Public Library in Virginia invited “school-age children,” “preschoolers,” and “babies and toddlers” to the library’s “Drag StoryBook Hour” scheduled for Saturday, June 26. Babies and toddlers.

The Fairfax Republican Party made its feelings known in a Friday morning tweet.

In addition, as the library tweeted on Thursday, the Pride Month celebration wraps up on Monday evening with virtual “Rainbow Families Storytime.”

As #PRIDE2021 wraps up, join us virtually Monday evening for our Rainbow Families Storytime. Designed for ages 2-7 with an adult, these inclusive, affirming stories and songs celebrate rainbow families, self-expression, and Pride Month.

Apparently, the family that “self-expresses” [sic] together stays woke, together.


Also this week, as reported by The Daily Wire, the Plymouth Public Library hosted “Drag Queen Story Hour” on Tuesday — “Intended for children 3-8. No registration necessary.”

Protesters gathered at the library as a Drag Queen Story Hour was held, as noted by Daily Wire, with one representative protester saying:

“The idea to bring drag queens down, that are adult entertainers, to talk to children about transgender is completely inappropriate. I wouldn’t be able to take my kids to a drag show.”

Incidentally “Drag Queen JP” was chosen to read stories to those 3-8-year-old children.

According to The Wall Street Journal in October 2019, the “drag story hour” originated in San Francisco in 2015. In an op-ed titled What I Saw at Drag Queen Story Hour, journalist Charlotte Allen, wrote, in part:


You can be forgiven if you haven’t heard of “Drag Queen Story Hour,” in which men dressed as women read to children at public libraries and lead them in song. […] Do these events really “corrupt children” at taxpayer expense, as critics charge? I decided to find out by joining about 20 parents and their preschool-age offspring one Saturday morning. […]

Mr. Havranek, who performs in character as Venus Valhalla, was dressed to the nines: a flirty red party frock (think early Katy Perry ), sparkly stilettos, a Niagara Falls of a blond wig, and enough stage makeup to supply all 14,000 extras in “The Ten Commandments.”

Venus’s reading … was comparatively unobjectionable. There was nothing off-color about either her dress or her performance. [But] the critics have a point. The organization’s website declares its aim is to help “kids to celebrate gender diversity” via “glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models.”

The adults present loved Drag Queen Story Hour. They laughed at Venus’s jokes, and they sang the children’s songs along with her. […] It was the children who didn’t react at all. They either stared transfixed at Venus, squirmed restlessly, or crawled and toddled off to find their own entertainments. […]

How many kids really want to hear one more tiresome lesson about “individuality,” much less same-sex marriage? I have [a] suggestion: Leave the little ones with the babysitter and have a Drag Queen Story Hour for parents.


As I’ve written on numerous occasions, I don’t give a damn what consenting adults do to or with themselves and their bodies in the privacy of their own homes, or wherever. That is their business, not mine. Needless to say, I’m not the Lone Ranger in this respect.

I’ve also said I do care — a lot — when whatever those activities might be are shoved in our faces. When we are told by the woke, progressive left that we must accept — or even condone — such behavior. And if we don’t, we are to be labeled “bigot,” “homophobic,” or worse. I don’t give a damn about their labels, either.

Toss in young school kids, preschoolers, and babies and toddlers, and oh hell, no.


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