NYC spends $200,000 in taxpayer money to bring drag performers to public schools: Report

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According to a report, New York City has spent more than $200,000 in taxpayer dollars in the past five years bringing drag queens into the classroom and interacting with schoolchildren.

The nonprofit Drag Story Hour NYC, formerly known as Drag Queen Story Hour NYC, has received about $207,000 in taxpayer dollars since 2018, the New York Post reported, citing city records.

The total includes a $50,000 contribution from New York State through the Council on the Arts, along with $157,000 going to New York City’s Departments of Education, Cultural Affairs, Youth, and Community Development, and even the Department of Transportation, according to the Post.

Records show that in May alone, the nonprofit received $46,000 from city contracts to perform at public schools, street festivals and libraries, ahead of Pride month.

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Students will be led to their classroom at Yung Wing School PS 124 in New York City on March 7, 2022.

Students will be led to their classroom at Yung Wing School PS 124 in New York City on March 7, 2022.
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The events involve transvestite drag performers reading to schoolchildren in public schools, libraries and other LGBTQ centers, but it has been expanded to include coloring activities. Pictures also show drag artists instructing children in the classroom on how to apply drag makeup.

According to a reading list the nonprofit shared online, artists read a variety of books, ranging from classics like “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and “The Rainbow Fish,” which discuss topics such as growth, acceptance and diversity, to others more openly discussing gender identity, such as “The Hips on the Drag Queen Go Swish Swish Swish” and “The Dragtivity Book.”

The annual Queens Pride Parade kicks off a month of gay partying in the city on June 5, 2022, in the Jackson Heights neighborhood of Queens, New York.

The annual Queens Pride Parade kicks off a month of gay partying in the city on June 5, 2022, in the Jackson Heights neighborhood of Queens, New York.
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According to the website, Drag Story Hour NYC has produced 49 Drag Story Hour programs so far this year for 34 individual public and special education schools in English, Spanish and Cantonese.

“It costs us $600 to produce each DSH program, but we charge public schools only $300 per program, and we offer a limited number of free programs to schools that can’t afford the cost,” the website said. asks for donations. †

“Last year we received $3,900 from the NYC Department of Education to subsidize our free and low-cost programs in public schools. This year, we didn’t receive that funding and had to stop offering programs at our subsidized rate by the end of the year.” This Pride month, our goal is to raise $6,000 so we can continue to offer free, low-cost programs to public schools this fall.”

The annual Queens Pride Parade kicks off a month of gay partying in the city on June 5, 2022, in the Jackson Heights neighborhood of Queens, New York.

The annual Queens Pride Parade kicks off a month of gay partying in the city on June 5, 2022, in the Jackson Heights neighborhood of Queens, New York.
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Some parents who spoke to the Post said they were notified in advance of the drag events at their children’s schools but were not given an option to opt out, while other parents said they would not be able to attend at all. were warned and only then heard about the events .

Reached by the Post, the New York City Department of Education defended the program as “lifesaving.”

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“Last year in the United States, 50 transgender or gender-nonconforming people were murdered because of their identities,” DOE spokeswoman Suzan Sumer told the outlet. “We believe our schools play a vital role in helping young people get to know and respect those who are different from them.”