This article is an opinion piece by Jane Robbins, Senior Fellow, American Principles Project. Ms. Robbins is a graduate of Clemson University and the Harvard Law School. It is the opinion of the author and does not necessarily reflect the views of AllOnGeorgia. This column was published unedited.
Recently a friend found a disturbing article about a Brooklyn public library’s plan to host a “Drag Queen Story Hour” for children. She expressed relief that we live in a part of the country not yet consumed by lunacy.
She spoke too soon.
On Friday the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that in September, “Miss Terra Cotta Sugarbaker will read her favorite stories to young visitors at the Ponce de Leon Branch” of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System (AFPLS). The performer, whose real name is Steven Igarashi-Ball, generally displays his talents at LGBT clubs, colleges, and fundraising events. You can view those talents yourself (here and, in a show partially labeled “Guys as Dolls” – the rest of the label can’t be printed in a family publication — here).
Igarashi-Ball and his friends initially doubted that Atlanta libraries would be “progressive” enough to ape those in vividly blue states, but that was before they met AFPLS’s Marketing and PR Manager Claudia Strange. “Inspired by [the program’s] message of inclusiveness,” Strange sent out feelers to the various AFPLS branches. The result: Miss Terra Cotta Sugarbaker is now scheduled to perform before puzzled children at the Ponce de Leon library.
According to the AJC, among the stories Igarashi-Ball will read at Drag Queen Story Hour is Todd Parr’s “Be Who You Are,” which promotes cross-dressing as something children should do if they feel like it. The full list of stories to be read isn’t revealed, although the repertoire is supposed to be “G-rated,” which apparently is a stretch for drag queens.
What to say about this development? Most obviously, it establishes beyond dispute that the Left seeks to indoctrinate children, from a very young age, into the new sexual orthodoxy. Parents’ intention to teach children their own religious and scientific worldview must be countered by government institutions if that worldview clashes with the politically endorsed philosophy. AFPLS is a tax-funded entity, but it now plans to expose young children to behavior and opinions fundamentally rejected by many (one hopes most) Fulton County parents.
As the Brooklyn library said in promoting its Drag Queen Story Hour, “What do drag queens and children have in common? They love dressing up and all things sparkly and fancy! Drag Queen Story Hour captures the imagination and play of the gender fluidity in childhood and gives kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models.” Parents who don’t want their little ones confused by “unabashedly queer role models” who teach “gender fluidity” must keep the kids away from the library – the library they’re paying for — that afternoon.
And if you think the library will balance things out by (as Todd Starnes suggested) letting ministers in clerical robes come in and read Bible stories to the children, you obviously don’t know how these things work. Tolerance extends in one direction only, and tolerance itself must be replaced with enthusiastic acceptance and celebration.
The other takeaway from this devolution of culture – what a short time ago was confined to gay bars and the Las Vegas Strip is now deemed by our government betters to be suitable for our four-year-olds – is that when it comes to issues related to sex, the Left is insatiable. It will never be satisfied. Nothing is ever enough.
Remember the scorn that some commentators heaped on conservatives for opposing the redefinition of marriage? “How can it possibly hurt you or your family if two men or two women are allowed to marry each other?” We now have the concrete answer to that rhetorical question. In a mere two years’ time, we’ve gone from same-sex marriage, to men in little girls’ restrooms, to teenaged girls’ being forced to shower with boys, to gender dysphoric soldiers demanding the “right” to saddle their combat units with their infirmities, to parents’ losing control over the upbringing of their children. Acceptance and celebration of polygamy is next up. The Left has never been willing to compromise on any of these issues; it never will. The result — the goal — is chaos. And our children are the pawns in this cosmic battle.
When there’s no such thing as biological sex, when nothing is abnormal as long as it’s related to sex or gender, and when marriage is re-imagined as a vehicle for pleasing adults rather than caring for children in a stable family, the sky’s the limit. Or maybe we should say, the pit has no bottom.
Atlanta-Fulton Public Library is happily sucking our kids into the muck. Will we let this happen?