In Ohio, the Color+ Youth Center has taken a step toward hosting monthly workshops aimed at showing minors the art of drag. Here’s the full story.
Drag Story Time
Drag queen story hours, where drag performers read books to children, have become increasingly common across the United States.
The Aim of the Events
According to hosts, these events seek to provide children with exposure to diversity and acceptance, encouraging discussions about inclusion, creativity, and love.
However, critics argue that these workshops might blur the line between entertainment and education, potentially influencing children’s perceptions of gender and identity.
A Step Further
The Color+ Youth Center has taken this concept a step further by introducing monthly Drag Storytime.
Sessions on How to Become Drag Queens
These sessions not only feature drag performers reading stories but also include workshops that teach the fundamentals of drag.
The Fundamentals of Drag
“In collaboration with Drag Queen Story Hour Cleveland, we offer monthly drag tutorials led by a local drag performer who teaches the fundamentals of drag (makeup, costume design, and performance),” the youth center announced.
It Sparked Controversy
While drag queen story hours have generally been well-received, the notion of teaching children how to become drag performers themselves has sparked controversy.
Developmental Appropriateness and Concerns
Critics argue that such workshops may expose young children to concepts that are beyond their developmental understanding and question whether it is appropriate to involve minors in activities closely associated with adult entertainment.
The Colors+ Youth Center’s endeavors are partially funded by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC), a prominent supporter of arts and culture initiatives in the region.
They Use Taxpayers Money
CAC derives its funding from a taxpayer-approved tax, and it supports a wide array of organizations that offer cultural experiences to the community.
The controversy surrounding the youth drag workshops has also brought attention to the role of public funding in promoting these types of events, raising questions about using taxpayer money for activities that some view as contentious.
Social Media Users Shared Their Views
Several social media users expressed their thoughts on the incident.
One Twitter user wrote, “Defund that Youth Center! Zero funds. They do not have the interest of our youth at all. Those are adult decisions, not for children.”
Another User wrote, “So I suppose, being a free country and all, that means no one has to attend that they don’t want to, right?.”
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