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'This is not part of the curriculum': Parents' fury after its revealed NYC has spent more than $200k sending drag queens into schools to read to kids as young as THREE

Parents furious after it's revealed NYC is spending $200k sending drag queens into schools

New York City has been spending heavily on sending drag queens into its public elementary schools, dropping more than $200,000 on appearances since 2018. 
Just last month, records show the city paying $46,000 to send Drag Story Hour NYC to public schools, libraries, and street festivals, according to the New York Post.
Some parents say the programs were booked without their consent, while city officials have responded with outrage, according to the Post.Tom Cruise 'splits from girlfriend Hayley Atwell' weeks after she supported him at Top Gun: Maverick premiere as they decide they're 'better as friends', and other top stories from June 12, 2022.

The news comes as debates rage across the country about how gender identity and young children should interact.

A photo of of a drag queen reading to kids from Drag Story Hour NYC. New York City has spent over $200,000 since 2018 hiring the organization for events at public schools

A photo of of a drag queen reading to kids from Drag Story Hour NYC. New York City has spent over $200,000 since 2018 hiring the organization for events at public schools

NYC has spent $46,000 hiring drag queens to read to students at public schools in 2022 alone

NYC has spent $46,000 hiring drag queens to read to students at public schools in 2022 alone

In 2022 alone, Drag Story Hour NYC has made 49 appearances at 34 public schools in New York City, according to its website. 

The organization characterizes itself as promoting inclusivity, creativity, and acceptance of the self in children, by exposing them to drag queens reading similarly thematic books. 

'Through fun and fabulous educational experiences, our programs celebrate gender diversity and all forms of difference to build empathy and give kids the confidence to express themselves however they feel comfortable,' the website reads.

Images from the site show people dressed in bedazzled dresses, shimmering wigs, and heavy eye shadow, reading to young children in classroom, and even helping the kids apply makeup themselves. 

A drag performer from Drag Story Hour NYC reading to children at an event. Parents told the New York Post that the events happened at their children's school often without parental consent

A drag performer from Drag Story Hour NYC reading to children at an event. Parents told the New York Post that the events happened at their children's school often without parental consent

A performer showing off some of the books read to children at drag events at public schools. The books tend to be about gender fluid topics

A performer showing off some of the books read to children at drag events at public schools. The books tend to be about gender fluid topics

The company has received  $207,000 from taxpayers since 2018, records show. $50,000 of that has come from the New York State Council on the Arts, and the other $157,000 from the NYC Department of Education, the Department of Youth and Community Development, the Department of Transportation, and Cultural Affairs.

The funds were provided by city council members, with $80,000 being allocated for drag programs in 2022 alone - over three times as much as was provided in 2020 for drag programs.

'I can't believe this. I am shocked,' Helen Qiu, the mother of a Manhattan middle school student, told the Post, 'I would be furious if he was exposed without my consent. This is not part of the curriculum.'

The funds were provided by city council members, with $80,000 being allocated for drag programs in 2022 alone - over three times as much as was provided in 2020 for drag programs

The funds were provided by city council members, with $80,000 being allocated for drag programs in 2022 alone - over three times as much as was provided in 2020 for drag programs

$50,000 in funding came from the New York State Council on the Arts, and the other $157,000 from the NYC Department of Education, the Department of Youth and Community Development, the Department of Transportation, and Cultural Affairs

$50,000 in funding came from the New York State Council on the Arts, and the other $157,000 from the NYC Department of Education, the Department of Youth and Community Development, the Department of Transportation, and Cultural Affairs

But some parents say that the drag programs have taken place without their consent, and that they only learned about them after their kids came home from school and mentioned them. 

'I didn't get any notice, my daughter actually came home and told me that a drag queen came to the school,' said PS 191 parent Reese Harrington. 'I feel like it would have been better for that conversation to happen at home.'

Storm Neverson, the parent of nine and six-year-old girls at the STAR academy, expressed concerns about schools exposing young children to drag queens.

'If they were in junior high school or middle school, I would be okay with that because I feel like they would have a little bit more understanding,' said Neverson. 'At this time, the kids were just a little too young.'

Neverson said that she was told that the program was happening, but that she was not asked if she thought it was okay.  

'It was mostly just like a heads up, you know, like, "Hey, this event is coming up. We're gonna have these people come in." And that was that,' Neverson said. 

Some parents say that the drag programs have taken place without their consent, and that they only learned about them after their kids came home from school and mentioned them

Some parents say that the drag programs have taken place without their consent, and that they only learned about them after their kids came home from school and mentioned them

A book read to school children by performers from Drag Story Hour NYC. 'If You're a Drag Queen You Know it' is just one of many thematic books read by the program

A book read to school children by performers from Drag Story Hour NYC. 'If You're a Drag Queen You Know it' is just one of many thematic books read by the program

Queens City Council member Vicki Paladino responded with outrage over news of the city's drag queen expenses. 

'I am considering pulling funding to any school in my district that is implementing Drag Queen Story Hour,' Paladino said, 'We are taking hundreds of thousands of dollars out of the pockets of hardworking New York taxpayers… to fund a program teaching little children about their gender fluidity? Not. On. My. Watch.'

The Department of Education defended the city's expenses on the drag queen appearances at schools, characterizing them as helping prevent violence against transgender people.   

'Last year, 50 transgender or gender-nonconforming people were killed in the United States due to their identity,' spokeswoman Suzan Sumer told the Post, 'We believe our schools play a critical role in helping young people learn about and respect people who may be different from them.'

'Drag your kids to Pride' event in Dallas sparks controversy
A drag queen performing at the 'Drag Your Kids to Pride' event at a Dallas gay night club on Saturday, June 4. Children can be seen sitting on stools lining the runway

A drag queen performing at the 'Drag Your Kids to Pride' event at a Dallas gay night club on Saturday, June 4. Children can be seen sitting on stools lining the runway

A kid handing over dollar bills to drag performers at the Mr. Misster gay nightclub at a family drag show on Saturday, June 4

A kid handing over dollar bills to drag performers at the Mr. Misster gay nightclub at a family drag show on Saturday, June 4

News of the program comes as debates and controversies swirl across the country about the role of gender-identity exposure and education to children. 

Just last week, a Dallas gay bar threw a pride month event that invited kids to join drag queens on stage beneath a pink neon sign reading 'It's not gonna lick itself.'  

In March, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into a parental rights bill that bans teachers from giving classroom instruction on 'sexual orientation' or 'gender identity' in kindergarten through third grade.

In April, a Tennessee lawmaker said he would 'burn' banned books if he could, as books about gender identity top the lists of banned titles at schools across the country.    

In May, a Florida mother sued her daughter's school after teachers created a 'transgender support plan' for her daughter without asking for parental consent.

This month, even Pizza Hut was pulled into the debate after it promoted a children's book that featured a little boy who dresses in drag.

Also this month, DeSantis moved to ban transition therapies for children and revoke Medicaid support for trans adults' treatments in Florida. 

That includes suspending access to 'puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones and surgeries'.

'Florida must do more to protect children from politics-based medicine,' wrote state surgeon general Joseph Lapado, who DeSantis appointed to his post in February. 

'Otherwise, children and adolescents in our state will continue to face a substantial risk of long-term harm.' Parents furious after it's revealed NYC is spending $200k sending drag queens into schools

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Comment by Ricardo O'Connor on June 17, 2022 at 8:19am

@Tyrone it’s not a race issue it’s a sin problem. We can’t even address anything anymore without making it a racial thing. I have said this, been saying it and will say it again. If you did not participate it the election process (vote) your right to gripe about anything is forfeited. You have no right to complain about anything when you did not vote. And let’s be clear. This demonic thing were discussing along with the gay agenda, transgender and so forth has never been pushed like it has today. Yes we have always had special interest groups pushing it but we never had a party and a President as the current one funding it and legislating it like never before. The current administration we have in office is demonically possessed and influenced and if they are successful in their attempts of a total take over of our government and our system we’re in a whole lotta trouble. 

Comment by stephen myers on June 14, 2022 at 7:15pm

LOL, blame the politicians, blame the Democrats or the Rupublicans, Blame Black leaders, howl and bark at the moon, all this is from decades of corruption, this is what AmeriKKKa always was, white elitist who were criminal and deceivers since its inception, guess what and who they are, male?female? Saints? Devils?look in the mirror sheep as they now devour your children to confuse them as the Rolling Stones sang, please to meet you, hope you guess my name, cause the nature of puzzling you is the nature of my game…..just call me Lucifer….sympathy for the devil.

Comment by Allen E. on June 14, 2022 at 5:10pm

@ Tyrone  again,it's NOT about RACE,man...LEADERS WITHOUT color do the SAME THING!!! So,against,it is about LIFESTYLE! For every person OF color who is a crook,there is a person WITHOUT color who is one also...the BETTER OPPORTUNITY to STEAL ANYTHING is presented to the PERSON who is in POSITION to HAVE ACCESS to the stuff TO steal! (Catch THAT subliminal point)...and even THOUGH,I STILL say that it is about LIFESTYLE! fini~

Comment by Tyrone on June 14, 2022 at 5:01pm

@Allen E......I am aware of this and you make a great point.  My problem is the black leaders are following these idiots down a path of ridiculousness and taking a whole lot of innocent people with the foolishness.  These black leaders are just in it for the money and not one iota is addressed to help the people they claim to serve.

Comment by Allen E. on June 14, 2022 at 4:53pm

@ Tyrone   It's not about RACE,man...(Bumbling Biden is NOT of Color...he's WITHOUT color,and HIS administration supports this mess,even as it is a part of the obama drama administration)....it is NOT about RACE,it is about LIFESTYLE! look at the BIG picture...crazy nancy pelosi,(who ALSO is NOT of color),wants to push a bill that says "stop using words like brother and sister and just say SIBLINGS...stop using words like mother and father and JUST say PARENTS"...are you aware of that? You can even connect it to a political party...(I don't vote and nor am I a part of as political party)...I am a Minister,and on GOD'S side! But,back to the point: it's NOT about race!

Comment by Tyrone on June 14, 2022 at 4:44pm

This is the type of shite a black mayor would uphold.  Is it me, or is this a black democratic party thing?  Every democratic area ran by blacks endorses these types of shenanigans, meanwhile; the people are hungry, homeless and the areas are crime ridden.  The crime policies, seem to favor the criminals and the innocent suffer.  These schools are nothing more than indoctrination centers for our children.  Who in their right minds with a clear conscience will allow this behavior to be taught to innocent children?  The whole world has officially gone mad!  But hey, that's just my opinion, and you know what they say about opinions, they're like a$$holes, everyone has one.  Crying shame.  Crying shame.

Comment by Allen E. on June 14, 2022 at 4:44pm

This shows how the PRESENT GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION HATES GOD! They are trying to bamboozle the kids. MANY parents are NOT even aware and SOME are all for it.This is like the days of Pharaoh and the children,and of Herod and the children...THIS PRESENT GOVERNMENTAL ADMINISTRATION needs to END,so that AMERICA can become FAMILY ORIENTED AGAIN! This is soooo sad! BAD ENOUGH that ALL of those who have "assigned THEIR OWN" gender,(and saying that GOD was wrong),are going STRAIGHT to HELL,but they want to cause the children to turn against God,TOO? THIS is CRAZY!!!!! Parents who care about their children should take them OUT of the schools and home school them...imagine how many kids are going to be complaining that "someone touched them"...I would NOT TRUST someone THAT confused to be around MY children...and THAT'S FOR REAL!!!

Comment by John Smith on June 14, 2022 at 4:13am
Comment by John Smith on June 14, 2022 at 4:08am
Comment by stephen myers on June 13, 2022 at 4:07pm

Damn, even the dogs on drag queen tip…..

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