A bill introduced Monday in the Minnesota House would pull public funding from libraries that host “drag queen story hour” performances for children. “For calendar year 2021 and later, a public library that hosts a drag queen story hour event shall have regional library system support aid from the Department of Education reduced by 100 percent,” states House File 4323.
If I might add, many people out there don’t know, or care, about the differences between someone who identifies as transgender, as a crossdresser, or as a drag queen. You may identify as a crossdresser and think that laws like this don’t affect you. You may be in the closet and you may feel safe. You shouldn’t.
There have been a few laws passed recently, and even more in consideration that would strip away protections for the LGBTQ+ community. The power for doctors to refuse treatment to someone who is trans, for example. You might think laws don’t impact you as a closet crossdresser. But if you were outed, I doubt a lawyer, a human resources manager, or many of your co-workers understands (or cares) about the differences between a crossdresser or someone who is transgender. Legislative action against anyone, or any segment of the LGBTQ+ community is a threat to us all.
On a side note, I think these story hours are fabulous. I have considered doing them myself. I would have loved to see a girl like me doing something like this when I was younger. Someone who is physically male, but is confident and comfortable as who they are. Of course, who I am is not drag. This would not be a Drag Queen Story Hour, but do you think this law cares about the nuances?