NBC News drag queen columnist says ‘drag queen story hour’ echoes ‘most effective learning practices’ for kids

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A new NBC News opinion column written by a drag queen insisted that drag queen story hour, where drag queens read to kids in a public space, “echoes many of the most effective learning practices for kids,” and that attempts to protect kids from these events are a “nightmare” and an attack “on freedom of expression.”In a column titled, “Drag Queens won’t be cowed by haters. The story hour goes on,” Drag queen story hour performer and children’s author “Lil Miss Hot Mess” wrote, “I am disturbed by the recent mainstreaming of overtly anti-LGBTQ and racist discourse, especially legislative attacks on trans kids, attempts to falsely discredit queer people as ‘groomers’ and efforts to ban books with diverse themes.”Lil Miss Hot Mess recounted the “terrifying and terrorizing” time when protesters, allegedly linked to the Proud Boys, showed up to a drag queen story hour to speak out against the event.MIAMI HERALD EDITORIAL BOARD DEFENDS DRAG QUEEN SHOWS FOR KIDS, TWITTER CALLS OUT ‘INSANITY’The author accused the protestors of “traumatizing the very children that vigilantes claim to protect.”
Oklahoma State University hosted a “Drag Queen Story Hour” for kids as young as 2-years-old earlier in April.
(Oklahoma State University)She then provided an earnest defense of teaching drag culture to children, writing about how it is a wonderful form of play, free expression and imagination. “But drag performance is an especially powerful and joyful antidote to such attacks. Drag activates creativity and play, expanding traditional ways of thinking. Drag offers a textbook example of imagination: transforming society by making a new image of ourselves and the world around us,” she wrote.The drag queen columnist slammed the “relentless” and “personal” attacks of lawmakers who have claimed that “drag queens sexualize children.” Hot Mess wrote, “Recently, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida issued an inflammatory statement about a canceled drag story time event in which he attacked me, parroting dangerous rhetoric suggesting that drag queens sexualize children.”The author also mentioned lawmakers who have claimed they will take legal action against those exposing children to drag queens. “Republican Texas state Rep. Bryan Slaton absurdly vowed to introduce legislation banning drag shows for children. Shortly thereafter, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida, the Republican Arizona state senators and Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia suggested they might follow suit.”NBC’S TODAY.COM MARKS FATHER’S DAY WITH ABORTION ADVOCACY: ‘I WOULDN’T BE A FATHER WITHOUT ABORTION’
An Indiana pastor who appeared on an HBO show dressed in drag was “relieved from pastoral duties” following outrage from some at the church. 
(HBO screenshot )She wrote, “book bans and attempts to shut down story hours are a unique nightmare: They are an attack not only on freedom of expression but on imagination. Imagination is powerful because it enables us to identify the status quo as a fiction that can be rewritten.”Hot Mess defended drag not only to teach how to “challenge gender stereotypes and celebrate diverse LGBTQ leaders and histories,” but as “a creative portal to a new world; through drag we’re able to see those elements of society that are a hot mess and find the courage and creativity to change them.”The author also claimed that drag “echoes many of the most effective learning practices, according to prominent schools of educational theory”Some lawmakers have praised the idea of drag queens being part of children’s education. During a civil rights conference in Lansing Michigan last week, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel allegedly claimed, “Drag queens make everything better. Drag queens are fun,” and added that there should be a “A drag queen for every school.”Returning more fire at people opposed to this, she wrote, “anti-LGBTQ leaders falsely claim that we’re indoctrinating children and spreading misinformation, suggesting we’re trying to convert kids to be queer or trans. Bless their clueless hearts.”
Drag queens Athena Kills (C) and Scalene Onixxx arrive to awaiting adults and children for Drag Queen Story Hour at Cellar Door Books in Riverside, California on June 22, 2019. – Athena and Scalene, their long blonde hair flowing down to their sequined leotards and rainbow dresses, are reading to around 15 children at a bookstore in Riverside. The scene would be unremarkable — except that they are both drag queens. The reading workshop is part of “Drag Queen Story Hour,” an initiative launched in 2015 by a handful of libraries and schools across the United States. 
((Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP)        (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images))CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP”In a moment in which authoritarianism and white nationalism are on the rise, what they apparently fear the most is that we’re activating children’s imaginations,” Lil Miss Hot Mess added.  Gabriel Hays is an associate editor at Fox News. Follow him on Twitter at @gabrieljhays.

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