Drag Queen: 'Story Hour' is Meant to Get Kids 'Excited' About 'Progressive' Themes
'Pickle' has been part of the drag queen program for over two years
Drag queen “Pickle” has stated that the primary goal of 'Drag Queen Story Hour' events is to get children “excited about books that explore progressive themes.”
“Pickle,” a man dressed provocatively in a hot pink dress, read to young children at the fifth Drag Queen Story Hour event held at the Eagle Rock branch of the Los Angeles Public Library system.
“Pickle” has been part of the drag queen program for over two years, according to ABC affiliate KABC News.
“We’re really trying to get kids excited about books and excited about books that explore progressive themes, and allow children to see that you can be whoever you want any day of the week,” he said.
“A lot of the core values of being a drag queen – love, acceptance, joy, laughter, self-expression – are values that we want to instill in our kids.”
The event aims to present gender fluidity as a positive quality children should accept and even emulate, according to the Drag Queen Story Hour website:
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. In spaces like this, kids are able to see people who defy rigid gender restrictions and imagine a world where people can present as they wish, and where dress-up is real.
“Pickle” said being a drag queen is “a lot of fun – it’s so great to engage with the kids!”
Another drag queen said the story hours are not just about fun and literacy.
Dylan Pontiff, a gay man who uses the drag queen persona is Santana Pilar Andrews, helped organize a story hour for Louisiana preschoolers.
“I’m here to let you know that this event is something that’s going to be very beautiful and for the children and the people that supported are going to realize that this is going to be the grooming of the next generation,” Pontiff told the Lafayette City-Parish Council.
“We are trying to groom the next generation to not see the way that they just did.”
“Pickle” admitted the events targeting children on a phycological level.
“They see me as this larger than life character, but I think on a subconscious level, it’s opening up their ability to empathize with other people,” he said.
The library official said “families love” the drag queen event, according to KABC.
“We see new families come into the library for the first time because they’re excited to bring their kids,” she said.
Earlier this month, Neon Nettle reported a city council in Texas voted to ban public spaces from being used to hold controversial Drag Queen Story Hour events.
Officials in Leander, Texas, 22 miles northwest of Austin, moved to stop the local library's space being rented out to public organizations, essentially canceling the town’s ability to host the adult-themed events for children, a move hailed by pro-family advocates.
Speaking about the drag queens, Mary Elizabeth Castle, a policy adviser for Texas Values, a nonprofit organization that promotes faith, family, and freedom, said, “These are people who are actually employed at adult nightclubs.”