I hope this shows everyone how these anti-drag queen haters are not doing this to protect kids, they are doing this to enforce a mistaken idea of what gender roles they feel must be enforced regardless of how others do not agree. We have progressed as a society enough to know that the stereotype of gender roles is not only stupid but based only on the idea that men should control women. Seriously there are religious preachers getting furious that women might wear pants or other things considered men’s clothing. Why? Also these same preachers / people go crazy over men / boys wearing what they think are women’s clothing. Yet that ignores that until the 20th century boys and girls both wore dresses until about 10 or 11 years old. Until the boys started to go through puberty. It was done for a lot of reasons, and it was seen as a boy growing up and becoming a man to graduate to knee length shorts. I wonder how many boys would rather have kept the freedom and ease of wearing dresses. I also think that these people stuck on what each gender should be allowed to wear forget history where men wore wigs and before that togas and other non-pants dress. Frankly clothing has no sex / gender. Clothing is just fabric and it is simply stupid to get upset by the idea that one piece of fabric can be worn only by one sex / gender. The real discussion to have is in a civilized society how much modesty should be required by each sex / gender. For example why are men allowed to go shirtless in society and women are not just because their breasts are bigger, well sometimes bigger. I live in a Florida trailer park and there are retired large old men whose breasts are larger than a lot of women’s. Really that is simply sexist and makes no sense. If a woman wants to walk around topless why shouldn’t see be allowed to do so. it is not her responsibility to control others, they have a duty to control themselves. And don’t say that kids shouldn’t see her breasts. Why? They see men’s breasts all the time. It is a social convention that needs to go bye bye. Breasts exist, kids know people have them, they are not dirty or harmful, but we tell kids they shouldn’t ever see them. Why. See how some sexist old fashion out of date stereotypes of male and female dressing makes no sense? This is nothing more than the Christian Taliban mentality. Are women in the US going to be required to wear burkas? Think of the dress code for Amish women and ask, does it make them a better person or does it simply make their daily lives harder. The fact is these thugs are attempting to use lies along with threats of violence to shut down a legal completely non-sexual event because they want to rule what is allowed in society and what is banned. If you don’t do what these people want they will hurt you. That is the message they are delivering. Well is that a democracy? Is that a civilized civil society for the 21st century? This is what the right wing media and republican governors like DeathSantis are promoting and inspiring. “You guys are total f**king scumbags … You sick f**ks secretly WANT to sexualize little kids because deep down you’re twisted and demented pedos who really really want to f**k kids,” one message said. “I seriously hope that the next workplace shooting occurs at our organization and snuffs out everyone who approved of this. Maybe then our children will be safe from predators like you.” For reading stories to dogs by a man dressed in a costume. Have they seen the outfits that clergy dress in? Hugs
A dog shelter is receiving death threats because it had a drag queen read books to dogs.
On September 24, the Hard Knocks Rescue & Training facility of Huntsville, Alabama had a drag queen named Miss Majesty Divine read to the dogs in its care.
Chaya Raichik, who goes by LibsofTikTok on social media, posted an article that sought to generate outrage about the event. Video of the live-streamed event — which had only one child in its in-person crowd — showed the drag queen reading Walter the Farting Dog: Banned from the Beach and making innuendo comments about men liking “meat” and “big bones.”
After Raichik published her article, the dog shelter began receiving violent threats. Her posts, which regularly accuse LGBTQ people of “grooming” children for sexual abuse, have inspired death threats against drag performers, educators, and healthcare providers.
James Miller, the drag performer who read to the dogs, has since been put on paid leave from his job as a teacher in the Huntsville School District after Raichik’s post. He has said the jokes he made weren’t any worse than the innuendo that has appeared in children’s cartoons.
“You guys are total f**king scumbags … You sick f**ks secretly WANT to sexualize little kids because deep down you’re twisted and demented pedos who really really want to f**k kids,” one message said. “I seriously hope that the next workplace shooting occurs at our organization and snuffs out everyone who approved of this. Maybe then our children will be safe from predators like you.”
The shelter also began getting bad reviews on its Google and Facebook pages.
In a video responding to the threats, the shelter owners said, “We’re not backing down on what we do…. We know this is a risk, but it is the right side of things to be on.”
They also said they had reported the threats to the police and FBI but would continue to operate as they usually do.
“We are being very careful about security,” they continued. “We understand that this is a scary situation. It’s a scary situation. For us. It’s a scary situation for our volunteers, and it’s probably going to make a lot of our clients uncomfortable as well.”
They also noted that Miss Majesty Divine had helped them fundraise and host story hour events at their shelter in the past. The books read during the event focus on “inclusion, acceptance, being authentic, being comfortable in your own skin,” they added.
“Our mission is to focus on the outcast dogs, the underdogs, the dogs that nobody wants to work with,” they said. “The people that we kind of gravitate to and pull into our circle are the people who have always felt pushed out.”
One of the owners also said that they knew what it was like to feel marginalized because they grew up with a gay father during the 1980s.
“To have had a place to go and activities that we could have gone to together as a family that also encompassed other things that we liked, would have been life-changing for me,” one owner said.
The shelter also said it wants to begin a program to help at-risk LGBTQ youth work with dogs so they can both “heal together.”
“We would rather be excluded for those we include that included for those we exclude,” the nonprofit’s CEO Lisa Maasen said.