“part of their initiative to promote gender inclusion”
This is something that has been stirring controversy in many parts of the country. It was only a matter of time before it was embraced by academia.
The College Fix reports:
University libraries hosting ‘Drag Queen Story Hours’
Two universities in Florida are hosting “Drag Queen Story Hours” as part of their initiative to promote gender inclusion.
The University of Tampa, a private school, is planning to celebrate Banned Books Week by hosting a Drag Queen Story Hour at its campus library. According to the school’s website, the drag queen performers will read “from a few of the many challenged and censored children’s books that deal with alternate political and religious viewpoints, LGBTQIA+ issues, and other messages that may address difficult themes such as racism, violence and otherness.”
Drag queens Samaya Sinsation and Kenya Black are listed as the readers for the event.
Sinsation told The College Fix via Facebook Messenger that he became interested in doing drag queen story hours because he “thought it would have a beautiful home in the Bay Area” because the Bay Area’s “inclusivity and creativeness…would make the parents open and excited for an event like Drag Queen Story Hour.”…
The University of North Florida is also set to host a Drag Queen Story Hour. It will be held on Oct. 8 and put on by the school’s LGBT Resource Center. At the event, drag queen BeBe Deluxe will “read titles from their personal book collection.”
A faculty-led discussion is set to be held following the event where participants will discuss “how literature influences identity and promotes diversity through a social and academic lens.”
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