When folks attack the LGBTQ community and our rights, it's always under the guise of some hysterical notion that anything about our culture will harm children. This recent hysteria about banning drag in public places is just the latest in a very long history of people masking their own ignorance and fears about LGBTQ people behind the lie that children need to be saved from us.
Republicans in Kentucky are working on a bill which would ban drag shows within 1,000 feet of schools, parks, and homes. A main target of this bill is the popular event known as Drag Queen Story Hour in which drag queens read children's books to kids and their parents in public libraries. For years, those on the right have spun nefarious and false claims about the event in unsuccessful attempts to do away with it. Seeing that they couldn't dent the event's popularity, they are now attempting to legislate their will on people.
I think this moment in the tweet below not only underscores the inanity of that particular bill, also but this entire crusade of fear:
Kentucky State Sen. Stephen Meredith (R) says that drag queens reading books to students could lead to bringing “prostitutes to school to talk about career day” and showing “XXX movies under the guise of art appreciation.” pic.twitter.com/5wEfOR4SU5— Heartland Signal (@HeartlandSignal) February 23, 2023