While the idea of drag queens — men who perform dressed as sexualized caricatures of women — reading to kids at public libraries is a strange concept, it is one that has taken off in recent years.
Although the Drag Queen Story Hour program is applauded in liberal circles, many parents object to the events.
Besides citing the inappropriateness of introducing children to adult entertainers, some parents have voiced concerns about the pro-gay and transgender ideology behind the story times.
Now, one man who dresses in drag to read to children has admitted to “grooming” the next generation — and he says it is “very beautiful.”
— LifeSiteNews.com (@LifeSite) November 29, 2018
“Grooming” is a term that describes how sexual abusers gain the trust of children and break down their defenses.
As reported by LifeSite News, Dylan Pontiff, who helped organize a drag queen story event for kids at the Lafayette Public Library in Louisiana last month, was recorded in September admitting to trying to groom children through the program.
The video is from a public meeting of the Lafayette City-Parish Council, where residents considered a motion to denounce the drag queen story event as being unsuitable for the young children it targets.
“I’ve been bullied most of my life for being a gay male, not necessarily being what a typical man is, and I thought that this event shows people, and shows children, especially at that age, that understanding that people are different than you doesn’t make them necessarily un-normal or not good,” Pontiff said at the meeting.
Pontiff defended himself against accusations of inappropriateness, saying that while he does “R-rated” drag performances, he can “filter” himself to be kid-friendly.
“I’m just as talented as a singer or a dancer or anyone who has a special talent, it’s just mine is dressing up as a woman and entertaining a crowd,” Pontiff said, while Louisiana residents at the meeting shook their heads in bemusement.
“I can go in and entertain adults in a club and also entertain a group of students and young children. I’m able to do that because I’m an adult and able to filter myself,” he continued.
Pontiff then said that the event will be “the grooming of the next generation.”
“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 support it are going to realize that this is going to be the grooming of the next generation. We are trying to groom the next generation,” Pontiff said.
Local resident Leslie Alexander told The Lafayette Daily Advertiser that the public library should have consulted the community before organizing the drag queen story hour.
“This is not about tolerance or anti-bullying,” Alexander said. “It is a direct and intentional effort to create gender confusion and doubt among very young children at the very time they need solid guidance and understanding. The intent is to plant a seed to make children more likely to question their sexuality or gender at a later age.”
The issue was ultimately dropped at the meeting after the majority of the Lafayette City-Parish Council abstained from voting on the motion, which would not have been binding on the public library anyway.
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