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Queering Children’s Imaginations

Yukon Cornelius, gay icon? It says so in The New York Times

The New York Times is gonna New York Times, especially in the holiday season. Headline from its trans columnist Jennifer Finney Boylan’s latest:


Prospector Yukon Cornelius’s sexuality doesn’t enter into the plot, of course. But in a scene that was deleted from the 1964 original, we learn that even though he claimed to be searching for silver or gold, in fact, Yukon C. was looking for a peppermint mine. No further questions, your honor.

They spoil everything, don’t they?

Why are you conservative Christians so obsessed about sex? they always whine. Meanwhile, The New York Times publishes op-ed columns like this that give the real game away. Likewise, this long BBC feature on a Los Angeles mom and dad who ran a secret gay porn empire, and who are in the piece treated like avant-garde cultural heroes. The problem is not that conservative Christians obsess about sex; the problem is that we don’t obsess on it (if we obsess at all) in the culturally correct ways. You can talk about it all the time if you want to, but you have to follow the progressive script.

Meanwhile, down in Texas, a mom is speaking out against the fact that a public school invited a drag queen to read stories to children there. Excerpt:

In fact, one school librarian at the center of the drag queen being invited to Blackshear Fine Arts Academy in Austin, TX to read to young children is an ALA librarian with the Texas Chapter of ALA ( aka Texas Library Association). She is not only an ALA librarian, but she holds two positions on the Texas Library Assocation’s LGBTQIA Round Table.

Texas Values obtained text messages between Blackshear Elementary School librarian, Roger Grape and the drag queen, Miss Kitty Litter. The text messages reveal that the school librarian was made aware of Miss Kitty’s dirty litter. Miss Kitty Litter was exposed earlier this year as having a criminal record for prostitution after the pro-family group, MassResistance, researched his involvement in drag queen story hours in the Austin Public Library. Texas Values published contents of the text messages found as a result of their Freedom of Information Act Requests.

From the Texas Values site:

In the documents released to Texas Values, it was discovered that David Richardson, a.k.a. ‘Miss Kitty Litter ATX’ texted Blackshear Elementary School librarian Roger Grape that he was concerned whether or not he would pass the school background check. ‘Miss Kitty Litter’ texted, “So the guidelines for submission automatically disqualify me if the deferred adjudication for prostitution is considered a conviction . . . so I don’t know if ethical to submit.”

Richardson, the drag queen, is referring to his arrest and conviction of a Class B Misdemeanor charge for Prostitution. According to emails sent to parents the reading event was scheduled to take place at 11 am and all readers had been screened by Austin ISD Partners in Education. However according to school records, Robinson a.k.a. ‘Miss Kitty Litter ATX’ was at Blackshear Elementary School for an extremely long period of time from 7:25 a.m. until 2:11 p.m. It remains unclear why Richardson required such an extended period of time at the school, and why he was allowed to pass the screening with a prior criminal conviction.

While dressed in drag, Richardson also failed to wear an identifying name tag as required by school policy. ‘Miss Kitty Litter ATX’ was allowed to read LGBTQ affirming books called “Julian is a Mermaid” and “Red: A Crayon’s Story” in the school library to 10-year-olds.  A Blackshear Elementary School parent contacted the Principal prior to the event and voiced their disagreement with having a drag queen read to students, but the school did not cancel the event and instead separated the child from his classmates during the presentation.

So an elementary school librarian, gay activist Roger Grape, knowingly brought into the school to read to kids a gay drag performer once convicted of prostitution.

Miss Kitty Litter ATX (Source)

Texas has had a problem in 2019 with this sort of thing. It seems that they can’t keep sex offenders and porn actors out of Drag Queen Story Hour. Noticing that, though, makes you a HATER. Any line you try to draw, even around little kids, is bigotry. Last month, in the controversy of the Willis ISD drag queen incident (separate from the Miss Kitty Litter thing, which happened in Austin), a teacher in that Texas public school commented:

Let’s be honest, some of you don’t know what is best for your kids. 

Who is the “public” in public schools? Doesn’t the public have the right to fight back against LGBT activists turning classrooms into advocacy bully pulpits? Why are parents and others who object to their children being indoctrinated by these decadents considered crazy?

Just this morning, I was going over some notes from interviews with dissidents under communism. One of them advised that it’s important for dissidents to find each other and work together. He said that the enemy will try to isolate individuals and make them think they are insane, or at least far outliers.

I’d say that’s true in these cases. A public school teacher who says that “some of you don’t know what is best for your kids” absolutely does not have the best interests of your family at heart.

As with the trans columnist who pens a Christmas column exposing the secret queer code in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, people in this movement, including their allies within institutions, are constantly thinking about how to advance the cultural revolution. If you think you can ignore it, and that this will be a passing fad, or Drag Queen Story Hour is nothing to worry about, you’re lying to yourself. These progressive culture warriors, whose number in Texas this year includes a convicted male prostitute and child sex offenders, are counting on you not to fight back.

UPDATE: Er, wow. In an English classroom, six-year-olds are required, as an exercise of their imaginations, to write a letter telling a servant in a fairy tale why he should marry the prince. The teacher explains that the purpose of this kind of thing is to conquer the children’s minds to short-circuit prejudice:

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. A veteran of three decades of magazine and newspaper journalism, he has also written three New York Times bestsellers—Live Not By Lies, The Benedict Option, and The Little Way of Ruthie Lemingas well as Crunchy Cons and How Dante Can Save Your Life. Dreher lives in Baton Rouge, La.

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