NYC Mayor Adams stands by drag queens after councilwoman said they were ‘grooming’ kids
Here we go again. Mayor Eric Adams has jumped to the defence of NYC drag queens after Republican Councilwoman Vickie Paladino called them ‘groomers’.
This is all to do with Drag Story Hour NYC after the non-profit group received a windfall in taxpayer funding where City Council members set aside $80,000 for them from their discretionary budgets which is more than three times what they got in 2020 and Paladino was NOT happy.
As well as saying: “NYC is spending taxpayer dollars to bring adult drag queens into elementary schools across the city to perform for small children. This is unacceptable and grotesque, and follows a deeply disturbing national pattern.” She also called drag storytellers ‘child groomers’ and when questioned on it in the press, doubled down in a further tweet:
I am quoted in this article, and I will reiterate: Any school in my district participating in ‘drag queen’ degeneracy risks losing their funding.
Adult drag performers have NO BUSINESS in our schools, and they will not be in my district. Period. https://t.co/rCKuvYNW0K
— Councilwoman Vickie Paladino (@VickieforNYC) June 13, 2022
This is not a new thing and the ‘grooming’ slur when it comes to queer people has been around for a LONG time but the Republicans have latched onto it again with countless politicians whipping it out whenever they feel like, regardless of how damaging it is. The mayor of NYC was having none of it though, saying:
“At a time when our LGBTQ+ communities are under increased attack across this country, we must use our education system to educate. The goal is not only for our children to be academically smart, but also emotionally intelligent,” Adams said in a statement. “Drag storytellers, and the libraries and schools that support them, are advancing a love of diversity, personal expression, and literacy that is core to what our city embraces.”
Brooklyn Councilmember Chi Ossé, who is gay himself, said that Paladino could learn a thing or two from the drag storytellers tweeting: “There is no room for hate in NYC, especially in the Council. CM Paladino must be held accountable for her comments.”
Earlier this week, the Proud Boys (a white supremacist group partly responsible for the Jan 6 riots) even barged their way in to a Drag Queen Story Hour, frightening and intimidating adults and kids alike. Report below: