We’re being gaslit: Drag shows are not for kids

By Jonathon Van Maren

It will never stop being strange to me that one of the key cultural battlegrounds in the war against the sexualization of children and parental rights is drag shows for children. It seems so unbelievably obvious that sexualized shows created for adults would be wildly inappropriate for children that even having the discussion feels a bit like being gaslit. But here we are—it is an indication of just how far the Overton Window has shifted over the past couple years. Let’s look at just a few recent stories on this phenomenon.

In Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, a “Pride Dance” for “LGBTQ2S” kids to “explore” is being held, with “allies” being welcome—except, of course, for parents. The poster for the event specifically states: “For participant privacy and safety, parents or guardians are not permitted in this event.” In other words, LGBT activist “allies” are more than welcome, but children might be “unsafe” if their mother or father attends, and so parents are banned. Now why do you think LGBT activists might want to ban parents from a “Pride” event hosted for their children?

Canada’s state broadcaster, meanwhile, is amping up their promotion of LGBT content for kids for the month of June. A recent profile titled “How drag queen Lil Miss Hot Mess is empowering kids to find their inner sparkle in a safe queer space” explains:

Now, the drag queen and storyteller has released her second kids’ book, If You’re A Drag Queen and You Know It, which invites children to expand their horizons and find their inner sparkle. Illustrated by Olga de Dios, the picture book assembles a cast of fabulous drag queens who embrace their boldness in a fun sing-along tale. It’s the follow-up to her first book, The Hips on the Drag Queen go Swish, Swish, Swish, both of which bring a quirky twist to classic nursery rhymes. 

“Rather than writing a book that says this is what a drag queen is, … I wanted to kind of create a book that showed rather than told and that, you know, gave kids a chance to kind of experience some of these draggy behaviors … to make it their own,” she said…Lil Miss Hot Mess thinks drag can be educational for children because it can help them become more open-minded.

“It doesn’t matter if we read a story about gender, it doesn’t matter if we read a story about LGBT identity,” she told Power. “There’s something in encountering that kind of stimulating, unusual, out of the place, kind of creature, kind of person, that instantly invites these questions about, you know, what is normal?”

So yeah, this is about normalization and getting kids into “draggy” behavior. Lil Miss Hot Mess also emphasizes that those who oppose taking their kids to such events are reactionary bigots. The reality is that many parental rights activists are now exposing the behavior going on at these Pride events targeted at children, and it is truly shocking stuff. In fact, Libs of TikTok recently got locked out of their Twitter account simply for posting footage and videos of these events—without commentary. It turns out that simply platforming the actual agenda and real-live events of LGBT activists with children is enough to make Twitter censors sweat, and it’s hard to blame them. As Libs of TikTok pointed out on their Substack, there’s no such thing as a family-friendly drag show—view the evidence for yourselforw, if you’ve got the stomach for it.

We’re at the stage now where parents are angry and ready to fight, and LGBT activists have gained a ton of ground that they are planning to fight fiercely for. For some reason, that battleground is over whether drag shows are for kids. We’re being gaslit. Don’t let them do it—and don’t trust anyone who says that they are.

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